I want to drop out from college and wanna do something else. Should i go for it?
I have completed 2 years of my college,3 more were left but now i have started to realise that this is not the career for me, what should i do? career colleges dropout career-choice career-advice career-plan
Financially, there are several things to be aware of when dropping out of college. Things to consider: federal student aid, student loans, and scholarships.
FEDERAL STUDENT AID
You may be required to pay back a portion of your federal student aid, such as the Pell Grant. This amount can be up to 50% of what the Department of Education deemed as unused for classes.
Federal student loans will need to be paid back, exit counseling or speaking with the loan servicer should be able to help with repayment options . Private student loan lenders have their own requirements, it is important to understand their process.
Some require degree completion or significant academic progress in order to not have to pay any back, but it is possible you may need to partially or fully repay scholarships, depending on the requirements of each.
Hope this helps and best of luck!
David recommends the following next steps:
On the other hand, if you already have a plan and have realized your passion in a different area, you can consider switching. However, definitely take time to think deeply and get some feedback from people around you who can provide a unbiased response before you decide to quit as you will essentially be throwing away 2 years of your time and effort.
Its wonderful that you have completed 2 years in College. Now that you have realized that this is not a career for you. It totally your personal decision to change your career. I am not getting a clear picture as to what exactly career change your opting for. Depending on your and your Parental, socio economic status you can quickly make that switch in career. In case you have the option in your College to change to your subject of interest you could very well talk , and get the change done. In case its not possible or you are looking for an alternative career, then you can quit. If you are highly passionate about something then just got with your Gut feeling. I do see that you are from India, kindly talk your Parents, Peers and Mentor or experts before you take that Decision. Don't take any hasty steps.
Definitely I agree that college can be a stressful time, with lots of doubts about your career choices! In a five year program, please realize that you have not really started the real curriculum yet, the first two years can be a combination of basics (groundwork), investigation (looking at fields within your major) and even weed-out (tough classes especially to see who has the chops to stick around. Generally speaking, the work you have done thus far may not have much at all to do with the actual work you will do.
You haven't specified your major so it is difficult to interpret your exact misgivings, and their implications on your actual career. But here are some ideas:
1) Do you like the people in your classes? Different fields attract different personalities. If you don't like the people you are studying with, this does not look good for a profession.
2) Are there more advanced students who you can talk to (further along in the curriculum)? Perhaps friends, Teaching Assistants, etc. They may be able to shed some light on how the later work may differ from the first two years
3) Most schools have guidance counselors or mentors (professors or students) you could discuss your concerns with.
4) Can you intern in the position (or related to your profession), to better understand exactly what the job is about?
5) Consider taking a gap year or semester. But if you do so, use it to look into other options. For instance auditing other classes, or trying a job in a related field. The closer you stay to where you are now, the less added schoolwork you need to do. Again, I would anticipate for most majors, the first two years is pretty general, so could be applied towards many different degrees.
Most importantly, don't stress over this too much. A large fraction of college students change their majors at least once! It is pretty normal to think, "This isn't for me." Certainly, I thought this as an engineering major. But with that degree, this didn't mean designing machines necessarily. I could have done sales, technical marketing, business or any other types of things. I found that technical management (bossing teams of engineers) was a rare skill among engineers, and that I was pretty good at it. Friends of mine received History and Psychology degrees, but now run major businesses and do programming. Having a college degree increases your hire-ability as well as your long term lifetime earnings.
Chet recommends the following next steps:
Imagine what you want to be (career and or hobby), and see if current education helps.. If answer is yes, then continue..
One more thing, it may also be because of boring teaching.. so, you can try online class for the same topics/Subjects.
With the limited info, my suggestions are to at least complete an Associate's Degree since you've already put in 2 years of school, always have a back up plan and make sure you pay off your school debt as fast as you can if you have any.
I have friends in their 30's now who wished they stayed in school because they're trying to get to that next level in their career but without a degree of any sorts, they're limited. There are companies who offer tuition reimbursement which is a huge benefit and can save a lot of money!!
College is tough and draining but the reward at the end of the day is the degree and a big future!
Don't give up!