Ch 1: Self-Assessment: Find the Degree For You

About This Chapter

Lessons in this chapter can show you how to analyze your strengths and use them to determine which degree is right for you. Our guidance counselors also provide tips for making realistic decisions about your major and deciding if the things you're passionate about can be turned into a career.

Self-Assessment: Find the Degree for You - Chapter Summary

If you're trying to decide on a degree that suits your interests and goals, you might want to use the lessons in this chapter to inform your research. Our guidance counselors provide insight into some self-assessment methods you can use to choose a degree that works for you. They'll help you figure out what your strengths are and how you can use those strengths to decide on a major. You'll also get some tips on knowing the difference between what makes a good career and what works best as a hobby. This chapter includes lessons on:

The Differences Between High School Subjects & College Subjects

Our guidance counselors introduce you to the wide array of academic programs available at most colleges and help you understand the difference between being good at something and merely liking a subject. They'll explain why having this knowledge is a critical part of the self-assessment process. This lesson also explains how college works, describing the general education courses you'll likely take in your first two years of school before you can move on to courses in your major.

How to Determine Your Strengths & Use Them to Choose a College Major

It's not enough to just use your grades to assess your abilities. Our guidance counselors offer you some helpful suggestions for determining your aptitude. You'll be exposed to ideas like using assessment tests or talking to experts in order to help you figure out what you're good at. Guidance counselors can help you understand that liking a particular topic is only one step in the process of selecting a major. You'll find out how to combine those interests with the things you have an aptitude for in order to choose a college major.

Tips for Making Realistic Major Choices

This part of the self-assessment process is designed to help you choose a major that you'll succeed in. After all, it might seem like a smart decision to become a mechanical engineer, but if you're terrible at math and science, this probably isn't the right major for you. Our counselors can help you formulate some questions to ask yourself about how to balance the many career options available to you with your abilities and interests.

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

Just because you like to fish doesn't mean you should pursue a career in the fishing industry. Our guidance counselors give you suggestions on how to figure out if the things you're passionate about can be translated into a lucrative career or if you're better off just making that passion a hobby. These lessons aren't meant to discourage you from following your dreams, but are designed to give you the know-how to assess your interests and pick the ones that are most likely to make good careers.

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