WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
That question was fun and easy to answer when you were five. But now that it's time to actually plan your future, everything seems a lot more complicated. Teachers, counselors, parents and even your friends pressure you to make a decision, and there are so many things to think about. What's the best school for you? What program do you want to take? Will you live in residence? Where are your friends going? What about tuition fees?
Aaaaahhhhhhh! But wait - it's not as hard as it seems! Read on for some easy ways to simplify your decisions and make sense of the madness.
The first thing you should think about is your interests and skills. Are you a whiz with numbers? Do you love to help other people? Do you enjoy finding out how things work? You want to choose a career that will interest you and suit your aptitudes, since you'll be more likely to excel in that career. Besides, who wants to have a job they don't really like doing?
If you're uncertain where your interests and skills lie, you may want to try taking a career or aptitude test. A good career test will asses your skills, personality, and interests and match you up with potential careers. But remember - these are only suggestions to get you thinking about possible careers. Never rule anything out based on these tests alone.
Go to Work!
Get out and talk to people who work in the jobs you may be interested in. Ask them what they like and don't like about their jobs, and what kind of education or training they needed to get their careers. Take a day or two to job-shadow someone, so you can see the day-to-day duties of their job. Remember, many careers aren't as glamorous as they seem on TV.
Do Your Research
Now that you have an idea of what you want to do, and what kind of education you need, you have to find a university or college that offers that program. Begin your research on Schools in the USA, where you can read about many different schools and programs, and request more information with the click of a button. Read through the material from each school, and select the schools that may be of interest to you.
If you've been accepted to several schools, narrowing down the choices may be tricky. There are many different factors that may be important to you when selecting a school, and it may be hard to compare schools in many different categories. To help, check out the schools comparison option when using the school search function on this site.