Career or Major Choice

Explore the Possibilities

Whether you are looking to attend a traditional college/university or a trade/technical school, there are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from. The best way to narrow your choices is to think about professions and majors that interest you or that will help you get the job advancement that you are looking for. Once you have an idea of the kind of career you want, you can evaluate majors and research schools that have good reputations in your intended area of study.

Here are a few additional guidelines to keep in mind as you explore career and major possibilities:

  • Know your skills and passions. Many different jobs require similar skills.
  • Speak with your managers and human resources department about the different job opportunities within the company. Ask to shadow someone whose role within the company interests you.
  • If you have identified a career that you would like to pursue, think about and discover which major(s) will help you achieve your goal.

Choosing Program and School Types

Additionally, you will need to think about what type of program and schools are going to be a good fit for you:

Common education requirements for many jobs include the following:

  • Certificate program – one year or less of full-time study
  • Associate's degree – two years of full-time study
  • Bachelor's degree – four years of full-time study
  • Master’s or professional degree – two to four years of full-time study after completion of undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree program.

When thinking about which school to attend, look at the colleges that offer the type of degree you need:

  • Career and trade schools – certificate programs
  • Community colleges – certificate and associate's degree programs
  • Public colleges and universities – associate's and bachelor's degree programs; may offer master's and professional degrees
  • Private colleges and universities – associate's and bachelor's degree programs; may offer master's and professional degrees

By thinking about a potential major or career path, as well as program and degree types, you make researching schools much easier. Additionally, you should consider other college-selection criteria too, such as cost, class sizes, academic environment, graduation rate, type of location, distance from home, and overall reputation. TuitionHelp™ offers a variety of services that can help you get the information you will need to make your decision.

To get started, contact a TuitionHelp™ Student Aid Advisor today by calling 1.877.447.0584.