Making Your College Education Pay You Back

gradudationThe scare among first year college students through graduates over student loan debts has made many question whether higher education is really worth it in the long run. Studies have shown that those with degrees do earn considerably more than those without degrees, but its also has some balance to be done with the amount of debt they could incur. Here are a few ways to make sure your degree pays you back to the fullest:

Have a plan — Before applying to any college it is important to¬† know how much you may be required to pay for tuition. Compare costs of different colleges and even consider going to community college for the first two years. It is time to scrap the idealized “college experience” and get down to the reality of what going to college is really for; an education to help you make the most money in your career.

Be creative — Doing what you love is an important element in our satisfaction levels with our lives. No one should have to endure a job they hate because it makes more money that doing what they love, but its how you do what you love that can make the difference in your paycheck. Just about everyone can benefit from being an entrepreneur in one industry or another. Do your research and scour the internet for ideas on how to make your passion lucrative.

Start small — If you aren’t exactly sure what you want to do with your career start college by taking prerequisite courses and maybe one course from an area that is appealing to you. Sample a different course each semester to take a trial run the field. By the time your third year rolls around and those actual degree field courses kick in you will have a better idea where you are headed.

Hit the market — When graduation nears you should have spent at least the last year looking for various employers of your field or finding ways to strike out on your own successfully. Don’t underestimate volunteerism and internships, they are often a quick path into your career through the door you have already opened. Don’t take the first job that comes along just because you need the paycheck. Make sure you are ready to commit to an employer for a few years; moving jobs too quickly after graduation can be a red flag to future employers.