Ch 1: Preparing for a College Education

About This Chapter

These video lessons can help you prepare for higher education. The information provided here can aid you in choosing a major, getting ready for college coursework and deciding if the cost of a college education is worth it.

Preparing for a College Education: Chapter Summary

Preparing for a college education involves both academic and financial planning. It takes time, but doesn't have to be overwhelming. Our guidance counselors and academic advisers have lots of good tips to make the transition from high school to college a smooth one. The lessons in this chapter cover topics including:

Choosing the right undergraduate degree

After choosing a major, you'll need to figure out if an associate's degree will be sufficient or if you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree. This lesson examines the requirements for each type of degree and will give you an idea of the difference in costs.

Understanding what a degree program entails

Get information on what will be required of you in a typical degree program. Learn about credit hours, core courses and potential expenses from our expert advisers.

Exploring undergraduate education requirement

All college degree programs are different, but there are many common factors. This lesson goes into detail about general education requirements, major areas of study and workloads for a typical student.

Examining the differences between high school and college subjects

While the names of the courses may be the same, college courses differ from high school subjects in several ways. Here, we'll look at the more in-depth study that college requires as well as the scheduling differences in classes.

Assessing your career options

There are many types of tests a college student can take to determine career aptitude. How much should you rely on the results, though? Our experts weigh in with a discussion on the types of career assessments, their benefits and pitfalls.

Finding out if your interest is a possible major

Learn how to determine if your field of interest could be a major. Get information on discovering your strengths, choosing a major and finding the right degree program. Learn about options such as job shadowing and internships that will give you a real idea of what happens on the job.

Deciding if it's a hobby or a potential career

This lesson will help you determine if you can take a hobby and make it into a career. You'll learn to analyze major program options, look at potential earnings and see if you can take your passion to the next level.

Evaluating a career's costs and benefits

Let's face it, some jobs just don't pay as much as others. But that may not necessarily be a reason for foregoing a career in a field you love. This lesson will show you how to weigh the costs of a college education with the benefits of job satisfaction.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Preparing for a College Education
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Choosing the Right Type of Undergraduate Degree

1. Choosing the Right Type of Undergraduate Degree

In this lesson we explore several different things one should consider when choosing the right undergraduate degree. From interests to school cost, all can play an important role in degree choice.

What Does a Degree Program Really Entail?

2. What Does a Degree Program Really Entail?

Many students are confused about what a degree program is. This lesson will provide information about the degree program, what it consists of, and where it came from.

The Differences Between High School Subjects & College Subjects

3. The Differences Between High School Subjects & College Subjects

This lesson discusses the difference between high school subjects and college subjects. General education requirements are considered, as well as expectations for study requirements.

Career Assessments: Types & Benefits

4. Career Assessments: Types & Benefits

There are many career choices out there. How do you decide which one is right for you? In this lesson, we'll examine the different types of career assessments and how they can help you choose the best career.

How to Find Out if Your Field of Interest is a Match for You

5. 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.

How to Determine if a Passion is a Hobby or a Potential Career

6. How to Determine if a Passion is a Hobby or a Potential Career

This lesson will look at whether or not it is a good idea for you to turn your hobby into a career. While it sounds great to earn money for doing what you would do for free anyway, there are important things to consider before taking such a step.

Evaluating a Career's Cost and Benefits

7. Evaluating a Career's Cost and Benefits

Choosing a career takes a lot of thought. One way to consider different careers to to compare the cost and benefits of them. Watch this lesson to figure out how to determine the return on investment for different careers.

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