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Did you have any knowledge prior to?

Asked Limestone, Maine

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Sheila’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Hello William:

Your question is much appreciated. I'll attempt to answer your question based on my assumption of what you are asking. . .

  1. Prior knowledge of College: - -> I researched and applied to colleges I was interested in by contacting the colleges (they did not have the internet when I was in college) directly via telephone and/or by sending them a letter requesting they send me brochures and information. I did this during my junior and senior year of high school
  2. Prior knowledge of Field: - -> Growing up I had very good administrative and business acumen; so I went down the business path as a career choice. Today, I work as a Technical Project Manager for AT&T and enjoy the type of work that I perform.

I wish you much success on your career journey.

Good luck to you!

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

  • Research the colleges you are interested in
  • Career Choice: 1st, start researching the things you are passionate and/or good at. 2nd, research the fields you think you are interested in. 3rd, come up with a listing of top choices.

William’s Answer

Hello William,

When entering college, particularly when you are looking to identify a major, prior knowledge is certainly not mandated by most programs based on my experiences. It may vary by your desired career. When I entered college, I had taken one accounting / business related course in high school. That one course did not have specific dividends during my college program or my professional career. And it was not required by my program. But it definitely helped in solidifying my choice to become a business major. For my friends who entered into engineering degrees, a few of them took high level mathematic courses (i.e. calculus), a number of science courses (biology, physics, etc.), and if they were offered, any shop or engineering courses at their high school.

For next steps, I would recommend

William recommends the following next steps:

  • Identify specific schools, programs, and/or careers which you are interested in (https://www.collegeboard.org/) can be really helpful in identifying these.
  • Reach out to your guidance counselor or look through your program's current course offerings as well as extracurricular activities to see if there is anything you can get involved in now to see if you like working in that area.
  • Talk to your guardians as well as your friends if they have anyone you can visit at a college you would like to attend or someone in a profession you are interested in that you can interview or shadow.

Mr. Ernst’s Answer

Updated Newark, New Jersey

William M,

Life experiences will always give you knowledge prior to college. You learn and you live while you live and you learn. That is why parents send their children to school in order for them to gain knowledge so they can have the basic skills to survive in the work force or to continue their education and gain a career. I wish you the best on your journey.

Christina’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

I had ZERO knowledge about my current career (mergers & acquisitions tax) before I went to law school. In college, I majored in something completely different from my current career. I didn't even know that this field of work existed. It's difficult to know at a young age about all the different career possibilities out there. I figured out my career choice only when I was in my mid-20s in law school, and I'm so glad that I took the time to explore all my options! So you don't need to have a lot of prior knowledge right now, you have time.