College Success 101: 3 Credit Hours. This course is designed to equip you with the skills you'll need to make the most of your college experience. We will help you understand your own strengths, weaknesses, interests, and priorities so that you can make informed decisions regarding courses of study and career paths. During this course we will seek to instill in you the skills you'll need to succeed as a student, as a parent, and as a powerful and active member of the community.
Briefly put, successful students:
There are many "myths" concerning the benefits of a college education, the importance of choosing a major, and the educational requirements of many familiar jobs. Here are a few misunderstandings that might help you down the path to a higher education.
|You need an exact match between your major and a future career.||Though there are some careers that require specific training, such as nursing, engineering, accounting, etc. there are more careers that do not follow from a specific major. In fact, a recent study by the College Placement Council indicated that the majority of college graduates are successfully employed in fields not directly related to their academic majors!|
|Once you have a major, you must stick with it your entire college career.||Over 70% of college students change their major at some point during college.|
|Job market demand should be the primary determinant of an academic choice.||Selecting a major because it is currently "hot" on the market can be dangerous. Though it is important to look realistically at the potential for employment, the job market is difficult to predict. What is in demand when you are a freshman may not be in demand by the time you graduate. You are on much firmer ground when you select a major that truly interests you, and find a way to apply it to a career.|
|You must pursue certain specific majors in order to prepare adequately for professional schools such as dentistry, law, medicine, and business. Etc...||Most professional schools do not require a specific major, as long as you meet certain academic courses. For example, in recent years liberal arts majors have had greater success with acceptance to medical schools than biology majors.|
|Your academic major is the primary determinant for your future career success.||A college major is not enough to help you prepare adequately for a career. Internships, jobs, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work all contribute to your growth as a well-rounded person, and in developing your skills and abilities. In fact, employers place a very high value on these types of "extra" activities when looking for employees.
Nearly half of all graduates change their career plans after they finish college, and the average person changes nearly 8 times in his/her lifetime.
"At the Bachelor's level your College major may not train you for a single, specific job. Instead, it seeks to develop your aptitudes and abilities so that you can use them in the broadest variety of careers. It is important to choose a major which allows your individual talents to flourish. Find a major that fits YOU rather than trying to fit yourself into a major. Undergraduate education is not so much a determinant of what you are to BE, as much as what you are prepared to BECOME."
Sources: College is Only the Beginning, edited by John N Gardner & A. Jerome Jeweler, What Color is Your Parachute, by Richard Nelson Boles; What Can I do With a Major? By Lawrence R. Malnig
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