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What to Consider Before Choosing Your Degree 

In today’s climate, it seems that the only choice for anybody wishing to pursue a career is to go to college and obtain a degree. This results in many people falling into the trap of jumping at any place they are offered without first considering the implications of doing so. If this sounds familiar, it’s important to know that there are some things you need to consider first. Interested to hear more? The following are some questions to ask before getting a degree.

Can You Afford It?

With the number of loan options available, the financial aspect of this choice may not be the top of many people’s concerns. However, it is crucial that you think past your degree and think about how you will pay back the loan once you have finished so that you do not find yourself with a monthly bill that you struggle to afford. Perhaps there is a private vender who will offer you a better package for your student loans? Or a competitor to your main choice who can offer you a lower monthly bill for repayment? Either way, it is important to take as much time as necessary to consider this aspect.

Is it Beneficial to Gain Experience First?

Many people see college or university as their only options once they have finished school, and do not consider other avenues of exploring their chosen career or passion. Before you finalize your degree acceptance, consider your other options. For example, for those wishing to pursue a degree in teaching, does your chosen college offer you the chance to gain real world experience in a school? If not, perhaps it would be more practical to take a year out to gain this experience before your studies?

Which College or University Will You Choose?

There is an abundance of options available for colleges or universities, and each of them will more than likely offer different services and benefits. It’s always a good idea to take some time to explore these institutions in depth to find which one you will be most comfortable within. After all, you are investing serious time, energy, and money into this choice, so it is worth ensuring that whichever one you make is set to benefit you in the best way possible.

What Does/Will the Job Market Look Like?

You may be tired of the question “where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” but we ask you to consider it just once more. Think about where you will be once you finish your studies. How beneficial will your degree be in your chosen job market? Will it truly put you above the competition? If the answer is no, it may be a good idea to consider other options. For example, could you pursue a joint degree with a subject that increases your employment opportunities? Is there a different university or college offering the same course that is more respected within your field? If so, consider applying to these instead.

Will You Enjoy It?

This is perhaps the most important point on this list. Will you enjoy the degree? Many of us can get swept up in the notion of choosing a course that will offer us the career that pays the most money, or is the most stable. And while these notions are important, it is also crucial that you enjoy whatever it is you are setting out to do. Otherwise, you run the risk of jeopardizing your mental health and finding yourself in a place you do not want to be in five- or ten-years’ time. Be honest with yourself when it comes to this question, and make sure you put your needs and wants first.

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