With the economy still in the doldrums and a dirth of well paying jobs at any level the last few years have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people seeking a college education. On the surface this sounds like a wonderful thing, a better educated and motivated workforce. A college education is great; you get to learn new things and most importantly learn how to think independently. However, many students are graduating from college with crippling student loan debt and unrealistic ideas about their job prospects and income potential, it would be so much better if these students had good advice before they signed up for a degree program.
A college admissions officer will give you some advice and try to help you to choose the right career, but they are employed by an organization who is paying them to sell you a degree program at their college, institute or university. An admissions person cannot tell you what your job prospects are and they cannot give you any information about salaries. Admissions officers will direct you to a website where you can look up information, if you know where to look and if you remember to do so; admissions people are relying on their charm to get you to sign an enrolment agreement and pay a registration fee to lock you into a program before have time to think!
It is a great idea to find out job placement rates, median student loan debt, student retention rates and graduation rates before you apply to college. Colleges do provide this information but it can be misleading if you are not familiar with it and it is usually really hard to find. An admssions will show you where to locate this information but do you really have time to read and understand it?
If you are not sure which career would suit you; it is a good idea to take some tests to identify your strengths and weaknesses and what type of work would suit your personality. If you are talking to an admissions officer at a school; they can only offer you their degree programs and make a quick guess about what might suit you based on a five minute conversation. Their aim is to enroll you, not to get to know you; at a for-profit schools your admissions officer is following a script just like a telemarketer.
So what can a college counselor offer you?
- Personality tests to help you decide on a career.
- Statistics showing you job prospects for your industry, pay rates, qualifications needed and future growth.
- Statistics from potential schools on student outcomes.
- A list of schools that offer the programs you are looking for.
- Reviews of the schools from students and graduates.
- Help completing forms
- Help with essay writing and college applications.
- Goal setting, follow up and coaching to ensure that you pursue your passion.
- A reassuring voice when you need help!
- A person who will give you honest advice and pull information from all sources that are available.
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