How do you know which college choice would be best for your career path, but that would also benefit you with many different circumstances in the long run?
Since I was little, I had a dream of getting accepted into the college of my choice, but realized that as I got older, my dream became more realistic and I soon came to the conclusion that it may not be possible to get into that college. That is where I started to discover and read about other colleges and schools that are best for different career paths and choices. When it comes down to it, how will we know if we are making the right choices on our schooling decisions, and if it will hurt or help us in the long run of it all?
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G. Mark’s Answer
I'm going to repeat a familiar refrain of mine because I find it tremendously useful. Then I'll get into the "long run" aspect of your question.
First, take a Personality Assessment Survey test. This is a questionnaire that will match your personality profile to folks who are happy and successful in many different careers. I always tell my students that you tend to be good at what you enjoy and you tend to enjoy what you're good at. And this benefits everyone -- you and everyone around you that is affected by what you do.
Second, "long run" is something you'll have to imagine yourself. As you go through all the possible careers suggested to you by a test like RIASEC (A PAS test of one sort), you can imagine all the turns your life and history may take and then estimate the probability of each circumstance. Like, what if you might make a great fisherman but will probably move to Arizona, as a simplistic example.
Third, you'll want to place more significance on any particular college's availability of courses in your preferred field rather than how well-known the college is. Great use of lesser resources is better than poor use of great resources. And note that your choice of career should NOT be limited to those taught in college. There are many trade schools and areas of skill outside college that are in short supply these days, and may very well show up on your list of PAS-test recommended careers. So be happy!
You have been given some excellent advice already. My only other advice (to build on what Joe said) is to consider a junior college to get your basic classes first - same classes less money. That will give you some time to research the right institution for your major as well as stats on placement/internships after you graduate. You may find the next two years more rewarding when you have a clear path at the right institution. And it's easier to research higher education when you are part of it and have some experience to build upon. Best of luck in whatever path you take.