The Ten-Step Guide to College Financial Aid By Zachary Freeman

I Want to Be A Basket-Weaver

In today’s economy, its tough to justify spending thousands on a degree, let alone one that you can’t use or don’t need.

Now, tell me if I am crazy or if this is just common sense: if you were a world-class basket-weaver, why would you spend thousands of dollars to get a degree that states that you are now qualified to weave baskets?  If you were an incredible singer, why would you pay thousands to have a college tell you that you are a great singer?  People like to get what I call, “unnecessary degrees”, and it happens all too often.

On the other hand, we have what I like to refer to as, “jobless degrees”.  People study four years of art history at an Ivy League school but can’t find a job after graduation and are saddled with thousands in debt.  People get doctorates in economics from big private schools, but are over-qualified for the job or under-compensated if they happen to get it.  This trend directly correlates with students choosing a major that won’t help them to get a job upon graduation.

The average student will change his or her major an average of five times throughout their collegiate career.  If you’ve never picked up a copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, I highly suggest that you do.  It is a guide made by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics that helps people find a job in a field that has great potential for job openings, and it will help you to find out an area that you can find a job that you will love to do.

Find something you love to do in life, but be careful when choosing a major of study that has the potential to leave you homeless and unemployed.






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