No 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.
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.