The final year of school is a difficult one. Not only do you have to work hard to get good grades but you also have to make a decision that will affect the rest of your life – what degree you should apply for.
This a a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly as it will determine your next 40+ years, unless you decide on a career change. Keeping in mind the length of your working career, the importance cannot be underestimated and here are a few reasons why.
Why Choosing the Right Degree Matters
Will Your Degree Be Useful in 10 or 20 Years?
This is an important questions. Is the degree you are looking at completing, going to still be beneficial in the future? In fact will it still be relevant by the time you have completed your degree? We are already seeing this problem in a lot of the technological fields (especially related to the internet and computers), that people are graduating with degrees that has taught the old ways of doing things. It can be a hard thing to gauge, but imagine the job you want in 10 years time. How has it changed, and is your degree still going to be relevant?
Is Your Industry Going Anywhere Soon?
Although difficult to predict, the fact is that the world is constantly changing and some positions that where once in high demand through out history are now almost completely wiped out due to technological advances and changes in the way we do things. A few examples from history are jobs such as blacksmiths and switchboard operators. A big problem that is currently presenting itself for degree holders is the outsourcing of white collar work overseas where the labour is cheaper. While the positions are still there, they are not available to you.
It can be quite a worrying situation that students find themselves in. Getting pulled in different directions with advice from parents, school, their own thoughts and the expectations of society it’s no wonder that a lot of students are now taking a year off (or gap year) to collect their thoughts and work out what the right decision is for them personally.
Finding Industries that Are Growing
This is one of the best pieces of advice that you can get when it comes time to select the degree you are going to complete. There are a lot of large industries out there, but which ones are going to be around for the next 20-30 years? Industries that are growing in reach, have increasing employment statistics and are getting interest and investment from both private and government sectors are usually the ones you will want to consider.
Are Many Degrees Going To Be Irrelevant?
The truth is that most degrees are going to be fine for years to come, and once you find yourself in the industry, they will continue to keep your ongoing training relevant and progressive. The important thing is just to do your research and make sure that the degree that you do decide on, benefits you for you entire working life.