There are So Many College Degrees to Choose From!

In this slumping economy, many people are going back to school to enhance their skills and make him or herself more marketable for a new career. Some people have lost their jobs, while others are currently trying to make ends meet with a minimum-wage job. While starting families have become increasingly more expensive and certain job functions no longer exist, individuals choose to look elsewhere for work, but without the necessary skills there is little luck. That is why college degrees have become so important for people. With that said, Career College degrees are actually becoming more popular because they teach a specific skill that will translate into a specific career. This is opposed to a liberal arts degree which may lead to more confusion once you earn your degree. Going back to school is a tough decision for many…so, how exactly do you choose the right college degree for you?

Discover Your Passions

Although you may have never thought of yourself working in the healthcare industry, or you have never considered yourself a “business person,” you should look deeper inside of you to discover what your passions are. There are a lot of questions that you should ask yourself before choosing which college degree is right for you. First, you should find out what you enjoy in life. Please do not restrict your answer to only hobbies. Maybe you enjoy other people’s company, or you enjoy expressing your ideas to other people, you might like to solve problems and have a determination that is second to none. Some of these traits might lead you towards a business degree. Or, it’s possible that you feel good when you help other people out when in need. This might take you down the path towards a medical degree or a degree in the healthcare industry. Make a list of all the things that you enjoy.

Can I Make a Living Doing That?

So you’ve identified your passions, but how do you translate that into a college degree and furthermore, a career where you can actually take care of yourself and possibly your family also? Here is where research is very important. There are many places on the Internet where you can search for articles about different college degrees and you will want to read up on these. You will learn which degrees, whether they are from career colleges or online colleges, best fit your passions and the list you just made. You will be surprised how you can turn something you enjoy so much into a real career. Write down a list of the available degrees that seem appealing to you and entail some of the traits that you are passionate about as well. Now will be the time to narrow down your choices to a reasonable list.

It’s Time to Choose Your College Degree

If you have narrowed down your choices to but a few, then it is time to research schools and options. This might make the difference between attending a local career college and pursuing a degree in massage therapy or taking advantage of the digital world and go back to an online school to get a degree in medical assisting. Do your research and make sure to inquire with a number of schools to see what they offer, how they offer their courses, what the requirements are, and what do the current students think of the school. These are all very important questions to find answers to. This will help you, finally, make your decision. Congratulations! Once you have done ALL of this research, you are now ready to enroll in a program, earn a college degree and jumpstart your new career. Good luck!

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.