Consider these before selecting a faculty/college

20Oct 2016
Salima Hamisi
The Guardian
Consider these before selecting a faculty/college

FROM late October to early November is the time of a year where thousands of college graduates will receive their degrees and head into “the real world”.

Students who are almost commencing their undergraduate studies in October should pay close attention to these in order to effectively consider their choice of field in college.

It is so obvious that most graduates will find work in fields that are not directly related to their undergraduate programme.

To mean that not all students that graduated in a certain field embarked on the same boat later in life.

I know several who took separate fields just after college but excel to date. Due to that, those who are almost commencing their undergraduate studies in October should pay close attention to these in order to effectively consider their choice of field in college.

While there has been much said and written of course about the process of choosing a field to pursue, this article is an attempt to simplify that process and put the focus on what should be the primary concerns of those who have yet to select a course, or enroll into college, by posing the following questions:

Is college right for you?
As simple (and to some, absurd) as this may sound, you should honestly and carefully evaluate whether college is right for you in terms of the investment of money, expenditure of time, and use of energy that it will inevitably cost you.

I need to make one thing abundantly clear with this question: I’m not advocating not going to college. I’m advocating the analysation of career options which may not entail a college education, or obtaining a college degree. Some may fair better attend a vocational school, obtain a certificate in a niche area, or undergo specific job related training.

For example several jobs just need few years of training and experience not even a college certificate.How many wealthy people do we know that never got to college leave alone even seeing the door of a classroom?Several of them of course.

Do you have what they had? An idea or a belief in an idea? Extreme focus and discipline in developing your idea so that it can blossom into a real business opportunity? An opportunity that others would be willing to contribute to or pay to help develop? An opportunity that solves problems for consumers?
With modest financing, you too could be on your way to millionaire/billionaire status and if you drop out of college and make a mark like some we know, the university that you briefly attend may give you just a status that’s all.

Are you doing what YOU want? Or what someone wants you to do?
The number of students that say “I’m here because my parents say I have to be” is countless.Lecturers can always tell when that’s the case and would inspire students to find their own motivation and career paths.

If you don’t choose a path that corresponds with your values, interests, and motivations, it’s very unlikely that you will succeed or even find fulfillment in the field once you graduate.

Have you thoroughly researched the course you want to pursue?
Most students don’t and I must say among 10 students we would find just one who did that before pursuing their field. Most students just put more thought and research into how much they would earn or how accessible a job in the field would be after college.

Oh well it’s not inappropriate to do that because researching your career means getting as much information on your career choice as possible including employment forecast, job prospectus, and salary range but you should not just focus on that.. In addition to getting real-life exposure to the field and professionals that comprise it. Proper research should take 6 months to a year at the very least.

Do you know your core competency?
It’s estimated that most people will change careers four or five times over the course of their lives. Students who choose a course that speaks to their core competency (a deep proficiency that enables a person to deliver unique value to others), tend to be happier in the long term with their career choices.

The best way to determine your core competency is to closely examine your passions, and closely match them against the professions which hold the strongest appeal to you.

What do you love enough to do for free?
This is perhaps the best question any student should consider. Researchers say that the number one factor in developing expertise and prominence is purposeful engagement.

That is found through having intense interest in something that your passions allow you to fully immerse yourself in.They took the motto “Do what you love to heart and make a fortune out of it”. The money was the byproduct; not the goal.

Hopefully your choice of a college and of course a field to embark on will be contemplated with significance. After all, it’s not just your degree we are discussing here, it’s your life!

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