Three Myths About Choosing a Degree

I can only afford to go to college if I choose a college near me

With the costs of living and the costs of college fees rising every year, it does make some sense for price-savvy students to study somewhere near to them so that they can bypass commuting or relocation fees. However, it is important to recognize that this approach to education really limits your choice of colleges and consequently your choice of courses as colleges do not offer a homogenous set of courses.

Perhaps studying online could be the answer. By studying online the possible barriers geographical proximity may impose are removed as you can study a degree from a Californian university in the comfort of your lounge in New York! Studying online will not only give you the opportunity to choose from a greater range of courses and colleges, but it can also save you lots of money because studying from home allows you to avoid any relocating fees or commuting fees.

I should only study a course that is directly related to my future career aspirations

In some cases this is true: if you know you want to be a doctor you will need to pursue a healthcare course, the same goes for a number of other professions such as architecture and dentistry. However, there are a range of jobs out there that don’t actually require you to have a certain degree. Indeed, studies suggest that about 40% of graduate jobs welcome students who have a degree in any subject.

This is largely because a degree gives students a range of transferable skills which make them an appropriate candidate for range of positions. Communication, team work and time management are just some of the transferable skills a degree can give you. This means that a student who graduated in English can find work in sales or recruitment despite not having studied a business or accounting. In addition, any skills or specific product knowledge that a student lacks, businesses can quickly provide them with it in their induction period.

These transferable skills mean that you can study a subject you love and still find a great job upon graduation.

I should carry on studying a course that I did well in at high school

It does make sense to carry on studying a subject that you excelled in at high school. However, you need to take into account the colleges offer hundreds of courses that you have not yet pursued: some are entirely new and other focus on a specific area of a traditional high school subject.

For example, if you really enjoyed the marketing lessons in business at high school but found some of the other topics a little uninteresting, why not study a marketing degree? Or perhaps branch out a little bit and look for a marketing and advertising degree? This specialization will give you a more developed understanding of marketing than a business degree would.

In addition, college is the time to study things that specifically interest you. It doesn’t matter too much if you haven’t learnt much about it at school as your first year at college is designed to get everyone onto a level playing field. Be it archaeology, journalism or even optometry, college is your chance to pursue a subject you have a genuine interest in!