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Megan237 views

Should I prioritize getting a Bachelors degree or getting job certifications?

I have a two-year degree in what is essentially digital photography (my childhood dream) that I got immediately after high school. I have since decided that this isn’t a good fit for me as a career, and have been struggling to find my first job. In 2019, I went back to my local community college to take some professional development classes to try and build my resume. These classes so far have been training in MS Word, Excel, and Access, communication skills, and customer service skills. I’ve had to step away for a bit for personal reasons, but I plan to start working towards the Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence (PACE Certification) in the next few weeks. But. I’ve recently learned that the college money that my parents set aside for me is still available - they paid for my community college degree out of pocket (which completely blows my mind). It’s a nest egg big enough that I can essentially get a bachelors degree for “free” without taking out any student loans. This is an amazing opportunity that I am lucky to have, and I want to make sure that I use this money wisely. My parents have been super generous by letting me live at home until I can get my feet under me…but I’m now in my early 30s. My dad plans to retire next year. We’re currently trying to navigate what that looks like, but I want to be financially independent as quickly as possible so I don’t become a leech. I don’t know if I am necessarily trying to choose my entire career right now. I’ve always been told that education was the key to a good life and career, and I don’t want to waste this money. I am currently looking for work and doing all the things associated with that - I am constantly applying for jobs, I volunteer, I’ve taken several job/career assessments, I’m getting into networking, etc. I’m trying to cast as wide of a net as possible to find this first job - I’m open to almost anything. So - what would be the best strategy for my situation? Should I go for the bachelors degree? Or should I focus on getting certified in various job fields/disciplines and get my bachelors after I find employment? What is the quickest route to a job that will allow me to finally move out of my parents’ house (and, preferably, to buy my own home)?

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Benjamin690 views

Should I physically go to college for the experience or simply go for the degree with online courses?

Online college courses are more flexible. They allow me to work towards my degree from anywhere, and I can work them around my schedule. I can also save time and money by earning a degree through online courses. However, part of what I look forward to in college is the social life and networking with other classmates. There will also be other opportunities that I'll miss out on by not going to college physically. Am I missing something that might make my decision easier? What should I be focusing on? #online-college #college #decision-making

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Taylor690 views

Should the amount of jobs available in a certain field help determine my major?

I was planning on majoring in anthropology because it sounds interesting to me, but there do not seem to be many available jobs in that field. #anthropology #college-major #decision-making

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How do I know when i'm making the right college and career decisions?

What are the signs and or characteristics of good decisions? #decisions #decision-making #college-decisions #life-decisions #career-decisions #career-choice #college-choice #life-choice

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Mariya656 views

How do you know the difference between risk taking and making rash decisions when choosing a college?

When looking at my college options, I understand that I have big dreams. I want to be a successful political journalist who attends a serious and respectable school. Looking back, I don't want to regret not pursuing oppurtunities and not taking risks. However, now I am in a cross road. Do I venture out of state and attend a college that will leave me in significant debt or do I play it smart and stay home, attending a local college. At what point do you cross the line between rewardful risk taking and reckless decision making? #college #dreams #risk-taking #future #university #professional #decision-making

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Amiya1094 views

How do you know if your making the best decision possible for yourself?

I often find myself thinking what would have happened if I had picked another decision in my life which questioned if it was the best decision to make. #Decision-making #personal-development

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Should I dual major?

I am a social work major and I am indecisive if I should dual major with health management. I want to have a back up plan in case if things don't go as planned in the real world but I don't know if taking more classes to complete the H.M major in the following semesters is a good idea. #socialwork #healthmanagement #dualmajor #health #college #college-major #backup #classes #decision-making

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Wai Chuen1129 views

Decide my major?

I am a junior student at U of I. My current major is civil engineering. However, i am interested in Programming lately, and lost my passion to engineering since the course started to focusing on memorizing content. Therefore, if i want to change my major, is it too late to do it? Or should i still complete my civil engineering degree, and make a double major with programming? #college-major #programming #civil-engineering #decision-making

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Cole 753 views

How do I know if I should transfer schools?

Im wanting to transfer to NYU, but how much will I gain if I transfer? How much does my undergrad really matter? #decision-making #academic-advising #college-transfer #college-advice

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Eduardo876 views

What has your career done to help change your life for good? For the worse?

This is what I believe is crucial when choosing a career. Doing a job that pays a lot that you hate might not be as good as doing a job you love with lesser pay, and the way your career affects your life is a huge element to your overall drive and mindset. #career-choice #career-path #experience #public-relations #decision-making #emotional #interactions #observational

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Riki777 views

How do you know if becoming an engineer is the right career field? What signs give assurance?

I am truly in love with math and science. Both of these topics come natural to me and I would like to pursue a career that uses both of these areas. I feel that engineering encompasses these two things, but I am unsure if it is right for me. My mom is an electrical engineer for both Consumers Energy and the military. When I asked her when she knew she wanted to be an engineer, she gave me a specific moment. I just want to know if and what this moment will be for me. #college #engineering #college-bound #stem-education #decision-making #signs #undecided

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Yuki1858 views

If you're stuck between two career paths, how do you go about deciding on one of them?

I'm thinking about going into graphic design versus becoming a Pre-Med student. I love Biology, but I'm terrible at math and think I would do way better in an artsier career where I could let my right brain thoughts flow freely. My parents would definitely push me to go the Pre-Med path, even though they tell me that it's my choice. I'd like to know how anyone who has been in a similar situation as the one I'm in has dealt with this problem. #college #college-major #career-counseling #career-choice #career-path #pre-med #graphic-design #decision-making

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Maxene1263 views

Which major would be more beneficial: Biomedical Engineering or Music Technology?

I love the STEM field and music, but I'm having a hard time choosing which major would be more beneficial in the long run. As well, after graduating from college, I would like to go into a career that I would enjoy, and not just do for the money. #science #college-major #technology #music #decision-making

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Brieanna1034 views

How do I decide whether I should go to college out of state or in state?

I have been switching back and forth between going to college in state at UMKC or out of state in Texas, but it's pretty far from Kansas City and I won't know anyone there. I don't know which college in Texas to attend either. I've also been thinking about going to college in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm open to any suggestions. #college #decision-making

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Michaela1898 views

How do I prevent the temptation to go out every night while in college?

I know that college parties are a main factor in why students get kicked out. #college #decision-making #parties

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Sage2448 views

Should I do art as a career or just as a hobby?

I'm a sophomore in high school and I am very interested in art. However, I also really enjoy other subjects like math and science. I wanted to know what the pros and cons would be of going to an art college and majoring in art. Also, what would be the pros and cons of focusing on something in math or science and just doing art on the side? #college-major #art #majors #artist #decision-making

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Daniel1293 views

Does applying for Early Decision or Early Action help your chances?

I am a Junior in high school hoping to apply for colleges really soon. I know about early decision and early action but, what I do not know is does it help you get into colleges. Will the schools consider you more then others because you decided to apply early then normal? #college #college-applications #decision-making #early-action #early-decision

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Would you choose this career if you could make the decision again?

My objective is to get into the medical field and I want to know if someone could change their career what would they choose. #career #career-choice #career-path #decision-making #changing-careers

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