Choosing A College That Will Land You Your Dream Job

5-Useful-Tips-for-High-School-Seniors-Preparing-for-College-LifeNo matter whether you are a high school student or thinking about going back to school, the end goal is typically the same: To receive an education that will allow you to land a better job. A college degree will no doubt offer you more opportunities in the work place than a high school diploma will. However, certain colleges and universities will provide you with better opportunities than others. The key is finding these institutions in the sea of available schools. If your end goal is to obtain a good job, you should take the following points into consideration in addition to the usual criteria used to select a college.

The School’s Reputation

Take a look at the school’s reputation before applying. Schools with good reputations will look great on a resume and improve your chances of being hired. It does not matter if you are unsure of what you want to major in. You want to choose a college or university that nationally known and respected. If need be, you can begin at a two year college that is more affordable and then transfer to a better school for the last two years. For example, there are a number of colleges and universities with excellent reputations, but they may be out of reach for some students. In this case, they can begin at a local community college and then transfer to one of these institutions after two years.

Active Involvement In Activities

Employers tend to be more interested in applicants that were active in college and can present a list of accomplishments. There are a number of colleges and universities that offer wonderful on and off campus activities. These activities are often a reflection of what you are capable of.

Employment Assistance

Schools vary greatly in the quality and level of employment assistance they offer. Some schools recognize the importance of the job search process and work experience. On the other hand, some colleges are severely lacking in this department and offer very little help.

Look for colleges or universities that place a great deal of focus on job acquisition. They should provide ongoing support in the form of coaching and training in addition to their core educational courses. This part of the process requires much more than just a quick meeting with your school’s Career Services center.

Choosing The Right Major

Not all majors are created equal, and some will offer better opportunities than others. Nonetheless, you are far more likely to excel if you choose a major in a field that interests you. Choose schools that have great reputations in the field that you are interested in working in. Understand that this school may not be local. You may find that certain colleges and universities have great reputations in your field of interest. In this case, you will need to determine whether or not you would be willing to relocate in order to further your education.

Note that the school’s overall reputation should be considered, but it’s reputation in your field of interest should also be considered.

Five Big Mistakes College Applicants Make

group_college_students1While is it always best for high school students to start planning for college as soon as possible, many put this task off until the very last minute. It is never too late to start thinking about college, but the sooner you start, the better.

For the most part, students only wind up applying to a dozen colleges. With thousands of schools across the country, it can be difficult to narrow the list down to just 10 or 12 colleges. Furthermore, finding a school that fits your needs and wants can be even more of a challenge. Listed below are the five biggest mistakes that college applicants make and how you can avoid them.

Not Taking Your Needs Into Consideration

There is a lot more to a college than its majors and instructors. Every school has its own unique atmosphere. Minnesota colleges will differ greatly than Montana universities in size and setting. Decide whether or not you want your college to be large or small. Ask yourself whether or not you would prefer to live in a city or a more rural location. Would you prefer an academic environment that is relaxed or demanding? Perhaps you would like to attend a college that has a high number of international students. All of these factors will play a major role in whether or not you excel. It does not matter how great the school’s programs are, if you are not happy or comfortable in your surroundings, you will have a difficult time coping.

Not Doing Enough Research On Colleges

Again, you need to make sure that the college you choose is in line with your wants and needs. Once you have determined what those needs are, you can begin looking for colleges that offer these things to students. If you know that you want to attend one of the many schools available, you can begin looking for specific schools in that state. The question is: Where can you obtain detailed information about colleges? You can begin by talking with other students that attend the college you have in mind to find out what their experience in is like. There are also college fairs and many online resources that can help you determine whether or not the school would be a good fit for you.

Not Taking Chances

Oftentimes, students underestimate themselves and their capabilities. They choose not to apply to certain schools out of fear that they will not be accepted. Why not take a chance? Try varying your application list by covering all bases. Apply to schools that are a bit of a reach, schools where you have a good chance of being accepted and schools where you are almost guaranteed acceptance. Just make sure that your list of potential schools includes institutions that you want to attend. Many students choose to go away to college and find out shortly after that they miss their hometown terribly. This can become a major issue down the road.

How To Choose The Right College For You

campus_lifeAttending a college or university is a positive step towards improving your future. It opens up new and better career opportunities that might not have been available to you otherwise. While most colleges and universities offer a high quality education, you need to make sure that the facility and its programs resonate with you. If you find that you are not a good fit for the program you enroll in, it can be difficult and expensive to make a change. Before applying, there may be a few things that you want to consider first.

What Type Of Institution Is It?

Colleges are either private or public. A public college is supported by the state, whereas a private college is not. There are many state sponsored colleges that are ranked very highly, so there is no reason to write these institutions off. The advantage of a public school is that the prices are often much lower than private colleges. However, it is still important to consider both types of schools as a private institution may have a program that a local public school does not and vice versa.

Each state will have a mixture of each type of institution. In some locations, there are more private colleges than there are public. Such is the case with South Dakota. However, most of these private institutions are not-for-profit.

Although private schools tend to be more expensive than state sponsored schools, they typically have generous financial aid and scholarship programs that have the potential to reduce tuition prices to a level that is equal to or less than public college rates.

What Type Of Programs Are Available?

While it is important to look for colleges that offer the major you are interested in, studies show that nearly all college students wind up graduating with a different major than they originally intended. In other words, you are likely to change your mind throughout the course of your education.

Instead of pinpointing a specific major, you may want to look at the field of interest as a whole. For example, if you are interested in science, you may take a closer look at colleges or universities that have well rounded science programs.

It often helps to be open to the idea of attending an out-of-state school. It just may happen that a school with a great program will be across the country. For instance, you may find that California schools offer more opportunities in your field of interest than your local schools do.

Size And Location

The size of the school and its location are oftentimes the deciding factor in whether or not a student winds up enrolling. It is important for you to determine whether or not you want to attend a local institution, or are open to the idea of boarding at a school that is farther away. In addition, you should take into consideration the size of the school. For example, many Wisconsin colleges and universities have small student bodies. If this does not appeal to you, you may want to consider a school in another state.