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Degree ROI: Finding a Degree That's a Good Investment - Chapter Summary
Earning a college degree can be an expensive undertaking, but our guidance counselors are here to help you find a program that will pay off in the long run. Use the lessons in this chapter to weigh career options, earnings potential, the possibility of graduate school and more when choosing a major. Lessons include suggestions on the following:
Researching Career Options
Not only will your choice of major map out your course load for the next four years, it'll also set you up for the rest of your professional life. Let our guidance counselors show you how to go about weighing your career options, whether by speaking with individuals whose careers appeal to you or by determining which degrees will offer you the most in terms of career flexibility. We'll also help you discover majors that offer the best return on your investment in terms of future earnings potential.
Developing Your Interests
Of course, not everyone picks a major that aligns directly with their career choice. We'll help you identify skills and talents applicable to a wide range of careers and show you why the experiences you use to develop them can be just as important as the course of study you select. We'll even show you how to find internships and set up job shadowing opportunities or informational interviews in order to build these transferable job skills and put your interests to the test.
Once you're finished weighing career options, we'll help you examine other aspects of degree planning you might not have previously considered. If you've earned credit by examination or transfer credits from another school, learn how to find out whether they can be applied toward your major and assess how this will affect the time it takes to complete your degree.
Our counselors also discuss how the possibility of graduate school will shape your undergraduate curriculum if you're interested in an area like law or medicine. We'll even show you what to do if you're unsure of the role continuing education will play in your career plans.
1. How to Select a Career-Focused Degree
Choosing a major in college can feel overwhelming. Ideally, you'll be able to choose a major that matches up with your future career. In this lesson, we'll examine the relationship between career and major and how to choose wisely.
2. How Much Does Your College Major Affect Your Career?
What happens when your chosen major doesn't line up with the career you want to pursue? In this lesson, we'll look at the two types of knowledge necessary for career success, and how your major aligns with each of them.
3. How to Find Out if Your Field of Interest is a Match for You
How can you know if the career you've chosen is the right one for you? In this lesson, we'll examine ways to explore careers and areas of interest, including through informational interviews, job shadowing, and internships.
4. How to Find College Majors with Best Return On Investment
Some college majors have better job prospects and compensation than others. Watch this lesson to learn about what return on investment is, how it relates to college majors and how to evaluate a college major based on ROI.
5. How Should Graduate School Plans Affect Your College Major?
Graduate school plans can play a large role in choosing a college major. In this lesson, we'll examine what graduate school is and how plans to attend grad school can affect major choices in two different scenarios.
6. How Can Transfer Credit and Credit by Exam Affect Your Major?
Transferring credits or earning them through exams can be a great way to save on money. But they aren't always the best option for classes within your major. Watch this lesson to find out more about majors, transfer credits, and credit by exams.
Earning College Credit
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Transferring credit to the school of your choice
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