Finding the best school for you—the best degree program at the best college or university—depends on what you want to do.
But how do you know what you want to do? How do you go about choosing a career?
Some of us have known since second grade that we wanted to be an astronaut or a ballet dancer, a paleontologist or an entrepreneur. But for others, choosing a career is not so straightforward.
There are great many factors to take into consideration. Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and you ought to investigate your options thoroughly.
For one thing, you should be realistic about the sort of qualifications necessary for the career that interests you. Given your educational background and experience, the time at your disposal, and the financial means you have available, can you reasonably expect to obtain the necessary qualifications?
For another, you should reflect upon your genuine interests and aptitudes. You are probably going to be spending the rest of your life doing the work that you decide upon now. Your life will be a lot happier if it is work that you enjoy (or at least don’t hate).
Finally, you need to be thinking about your earning potential and also the likely demand for workers in the kind of career you are considering. These factors (especially demand) may change over time, but you should still try to form a realistic picture of where your prospective career stands relative to others in the overall job market.
The articles in our careers department will help you to gather information in all three of these areas of concern, as you embark upon the great adventure of figuring out what to do with the rest of your life.