On her July 29, 2015 broadcast of “Call 12 for Action”, featured on Providence, Rhode Island’s ABC affiliate, Susan Hogan reported that many students are pursuing volunteer work or internships, rather than paid jobs, to gain experience. This also provides an opportunity to “test drive” a job and the work environment. While attending college in the 1980s, I participated in the RI State Government Internship program. I was working full-time, earning minimum wage while my friends made decent money waiting tables.
Although I had less money in my wallet, I got some great experience. Internships and volunteer work better prepare you for choosing a college major. According to https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org, “People who graduate from college earn more money and are more likely to hold a job than those who don’t”. Unfortunately, high tuition costs can deter students from pursuing an education.
According to collegeboard.org, “You can use a college’s net price calculator (most colleges have these on their websites) to get a customized estimate of your net price for that college. These numbers may include costs for housing and other services a student may not need.” So, it may be more affordable than you think.
Pursuing an Associate’s Degree may be more cost-effective for students than entering a four-year college with an Undeclared major. It jump starts your education while you continue career exploration. In hindsight, I know that I would have benefitted from it. Aside from the opportunity to further explore career options, an Associate’s Degree would have eliminated the need to complete the General Education courses, which included history and literature classes that were torturous for my creative mind!
Take some time to explore your options. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a wonderful tool to help you identify your natural preferences, which influence your interests, the activities you enjoy and your work and learning styles. I have worked with many people exploring education and employment options to choose or change their career. I can help you! Contact Career Crossing today!