Once upon a time, let’s say the 1990′s, jobs seemed almost guaranteed to college graduates. However, the economy has changed and specific training is required if you want to succeed after college. The wrong move to make is to attend college simply to grow as a person while taking courses that seem easy to you. Sure, you might be able to graduate pursuing a liberal arts degree, but do you know what you will do with that degree? College is a great time but even greater if you are working towards a solid goal. Here are a couple of goals to keep in mind as you pursue a degree.
1.) Keep debt to a minimum- While you are in college, it is ideal to live at home or rent free for the duration of your college career. People who graduate with a lot of debt will take any job they can get to start paying it back. Unfortunatley, when these jobs are all you have to put on your resume, you could find yourself working below your qualifications for years to come. Don’t spend on room and board in college unless neccesary.
2.) Get specific training- The key to earning a high salary early in your working career is to be well qualified for a specific job. Think about what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you could wake up everyday looking forward to doing. Then pursue training in this specific job field and adjust as neccesary down the road.
Starting college is an exciting time but it’s also a time to be smart. Choose a path right for you.