Monday, 8 June 2020

4 Ways To Choose Your College Degree

Choose Your College Degree

A lot of people do not even know where to begin when it comes to choosing a degree that is going to lead to them doing a job for the rest of theirs. Can you really blame them, I mean, it is not fair that society makes you make one of the biggest decisions you are ever going to make in your entire life at the tender age of 17 or 18 years old, and it is also a possibility that all the degrees that are sure things, you know, the ones that are definitely going to get you a good job maybe you are not interested in any of those, they are not your thing, and so in this article, I am going to show you how you can go about researching which degrees you should go for so that you can make it easier on yourself when you are making this huge life decision that is going to affect many many years of your life, you are going to be going to college for four years of your life, many of you will be going $40,000 into debt just to get a degree. And just by following the easy steps in this article, you will be able to make a shortlist of degrees that you can pursue and you should be able to narrow it down to one winner.

At the very end if you still have not decided after going through all the steps there is a cool trick that I think helps a lot of people make the decision on which degree is right for them.


1. Start With Career In Mind

There are some degrees that are extremely obvious, you go and you get a nursing degree in RN you are going to become a nurse. But there's a lot of degrees where it is not nearly as obvious and there are certain jobs that favor some degrees over others, a smart thing you can do is start searching for what careers that you want to have then you can reverse engineer it, look up people who are in that career currently on LinkedIn or maybe reach out to your network and then figure out what college did they go to, what degree did they get it, was an associate's degree, was it a bachelor's degree, which major was it, maybe they had to go all the way six years in order to get a master's in order to qualify for this job. Now, as you do your research you are going to start noticing patterns, you are probably going to notice that 80% of them got the same degree. And then using this information you can make a really good plan on how you are going to land that job

I will just give an example of this, I am totally just going to make this up on my head, but let's say you want to become a dermatologist, you know, a lot of dermatologists majored in biochemistry and undergrad, or maybe they majored in chemistry or biology, you get what I mean, you reverse engineer it, and then you figure out what the best plan of action is. If you think about it this makes sense, I mean, what is the whole purpose of getting a degree in the first place? The purpose of getting a degree is to set yourself up for success in the future so that you can get better jobs and you have better opportunities and this will help you figure out which degrees are going to get you to the promised land. And at the very least this is a great mental exercise to just get you to start thinking about the future and planning ahead because that's something that almost nobody does.


2. Start With The Company

You want to think of a company that you might want to work with, maybe their mission statement is something you just resonate with, or maybe you just love what the company is doing, like, you just love what Google is working on right now, or maybe you just respect Jeff Bezos and you want to work for Amazon, and then, of course, there is no secret that some companies treat their employees way better than others, and you can look this up on glassdoor.com

You can look up company by company what their job satisfaction rating is, but the most obvious example of this is going to be Google, of course, I mean, they treat their employees so well they have so many benefits so many perks. Just to mention a few things they have a bunch of on-site restaurants that will make you just about any food that you want and it is all completely free, they have free massages as well, they've got free medical care so instead of having to wait a month to see your doctor you can just walk right in and see a doctor whenever you want and it's all completely free you don't have to worry about the insurance or the billing or anything like that, there's free stress management, free counseling, there's scheduled exercise, there is scheduled free time where you can just do whatever you want, and in that free time, they have a ton of free classes that will teach you some of the most cutting-edge subjects in the world, they also have a bunch of free speakers that come in so the top guys in their industry will come in and they will give you a speech and you might even be able to network with them, and so we are just scratching the surface here, the benefits are just unbelievable working at Google.

In any industry, there's going to be a few companies that treat their employees so much better, it is part of their strategy, their strategy is to treat their employees extremely well and they think that their employees are going to work harder, they are going to be more creative, they are going to be less stressed, better rested they are probably not going to leave the company. So if your goal was to work at Google for instance, what you want to do is you want to look at their job openings and then see what sorts of jobs that they are trying to get, which ones are they going hard at hiring for, and then look up that job position on LinkedIn, see people who have that job position, see what schools they want to, see what level of degree that they got, see what major they got, and then just reverse engineer it. Go through the same process and then that will give you a very good idea of the path that you need to take in order to reach your goal. I think you get the point here, in every industry there's going to be some companies that are more desirable than others, and if you start with the company in mind sometimes this is a very good strategy.


3. Start With The Industry In Mind

There are two different ways you can go about doing this 


You Can Choose Something You Are Really Passionate About 

Let's say you are really passionate about skateboarding and you want to go into the skateboarding industry, what you want to do is you want to look up the industry as a whole, figure out what that industry needs, where is there a lot of demand and there is not a lot of people meeting that demand. For example, let's say they don't have enough you people who are good at video editing in the skateboarding industries, well, if you want to break into the industry you would go on LinkedIn, look up people who have job positions that are in the industry, figure out and then just go ahead and go through the same process of reverse engineering it. And this is a great way to break into an industry that you have a lot of passion for, otherwise, you might not be able to break into just because there are not that many jobs in that particular industry.


Choose The Industry That Is doing Really Well

Choose an industry that is totally booming, it is growing extremely fast like an example of this would be the tech industry. You study the industry, you find out what jobs are super hot, which jobs are they trying to get people to fill, and then you go search those people up, use the reverse engineering strategy and bam, you are good. 

The great thing about going into a booming industry is there is so much opportunity, and so once you get your foot in the door you establish yourself as a professional, you do a really good job, there is going to be a lot of opportunity for you to job hop and you might end up doing something that is completely unrelated to your degree, but maybe it has a better quality of life or maybe it pays better or something along those lines. Or maybe you work in the industry for a while you see a huge opportunity and you decide to start your own business. Going into a booming industry like this has so many opportunities and much flexibility. So if you want to go for the money you can definitely go that way you can work super hard and you will likely get promoted or maybe get a lot of opportunities because companies will want whatever skillset you have, or if you want to, you can go for a much more chill job where you have a better quality of life, take a small pay cut but still pretty good pay because they have so much money in the industry in the first place that it doesn't really matter.

4. Start With The Lifestyle You Want To Live

Start thinking about what kind of lifestyle do you want to live in the future. Think about things, like, where do you want to live, do you want to travel for work or do you want to work from home, you want to be a homebody or maybe you want to go into an office every single day, do you want a type of job that will allow you to be a remote worker, where maybe you want to be a remote worker just so that you can work from home and save money on gas and food. Another thing you want to think about when it comes to this is how much money do you want to make, are you an extreme minimalist that can live off $20,000 a year and be super happy with it, or are you an epicurean you want to experience the finer things in life then you are probably going to need at least a six-figure income, or maybe you just want to save a ton of money and retire in an early age and in that case you probably have to have a higher income as well.

These are all things that you want to think about and then you want to figure out what sorts of jobs will provide you with that kind of lifestyle, and then you use the same process that I went over before you reverse engineer it, you figure out what degrees lead to those types of jobs and then bam, you are good. For instance, let's say you do want to live a remote lifestyle you want to be a remote worker, well, there are not that many jobs where you can be a remote worker, a lot of jobs require you to be on-site, so you really do need to do your research and figure out which ones would allow you to have that kind of lifestyle. One that would obviously allow you to live that sort of lifestyle would be computer science or different majors that are related to it. All of these are going to help you make your decision when it comes to which degree you are going to go with, which job you are going to try to land in the future.



Bonus

As promised, if you are still stuck at this point this is what you should do. After you've narrowed it down to either a few jobs, a few industries, or maybe a few degrees, what you really want to do is talk to real people in real life. This is so important because there is going to be all kinds of blogs and stuff out there that people write and they don't really know what they are talking about, it is so important to talk to a real person, this step is honestly mandatory. You can not skip this step because it is going to give you a realistic idea of what that career industry degree is like, and this should lead you to make an informed decision on which path you should take. I can almost guarantee you that after making a list of degrees or careers you want to go for, and after you talk to a few people that are in those careers, one of them will start standing out to you in your mind, you will naturally be inclined to go towards one of them and that is the one you should pick, trust your gut when it comes to picking which career you want to go with because that is probably the one that's making you excited and you want to be excited when you are going through four years of college, doing all this hard work, paying all this money you want to be doing it for something that actually makes you excited and makes you get up in the morning.



Conclusion

The biggest takeaway from this article is it important to plan ahead. Planning ahead is important when it comes to choosing your degree especially in a day and age where if you choose the wrong degree it is a total scam, and if you choose the right degree it is one of the best investments that you will ever make. And if you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail. But if you plan ahead you might even be able to get a degree that's not generally considered to be good, but you did your research and you figured out the path that you needed to take in order to land a specific job or get in a specific industry, that degree will allow you to enter.

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