Ensure Your College Degree Gets a Great ROI

From a certificate to a master's degree, each accolade added to your credentials must count.  Student debt continues to climb, and the last thing a graduate wants is a worthless degree.  Take control of your college education now so the road to success will get easier later.  To ensure your degree is worth the money, try the following:

 

Pursue an Affordable College

So many degrees from prestigious colleges cost well over $100,000 for a bachelor degree. The Ivies may have name-recognition, but the price tag isn't worth it for several degrees offered. Begin your return on investment (ROI) by attending an affordable college.  It's not prestigious, but your wallet will thank you.  An alternative is to start at a community college and use a transfer agreement program to transfer to a four-year later on.  A second alternative is trading prior learning from work, community service, volunteer, military, and free classes for college credit.

 

If a pricey college is in your future, ensure financial assistance is in place.  Government aid, scholarships, grants, and military/employment tuition assistance from colleges and third-party organizations will trim down the cost to make college affordable.  Should you include student loans, pay the interest during the college duration.  You will owe less money and substantial interest after graduation. 

 

Investigate

In life, no answers come to you.  Any doubts, concerns, or questions need answers, so find them through research.  Use the same energy often channeled toward social media interaction to research degrees and career choices. Visit the career center and/or job placement office for answers too.  College is an investment, and research proves your investment is worth the time, energy, and financial resources to go after it.  After all, confident and focused students will find a way to use their degree. 

 

Network

Networking opens doors.  However, we approach networking as if those professionals are future sources of income.  The best networking relationships start as friendships.  Therefore, approach networking like a friendship.  Socialize with people where you feel comfortable.  The college setting is easy to tap into because students and staff are accessible.  Another setting for networking is networking events.

 

Find employment

While attending college, entering the workforce is a resume-builder.  Moreover, the right job provides a head start toward career employment.  Search for jobs relating to your profession.  Break the 'no experience, no job' catch 22 with an internship.  Don't shy away from working on unpaid internships and volunteering.  Any experience is better than no experience. 

 

Stand out

Unfortunately, other students from your alma mater and colleges around the world are your competition.  Most students are not your competition due to major and career, but competition exists.  Additionally, previous graduates with world experience are ahead of you.  Nonetheless, the massive competition should encourage you to stand out from the crowd.  Besides a college major, pick up extra skills such as learning a second language, learning computer programs, or mastering WordPress/web design.  The third is reading job listings for your career path.  What skills do these jobs require?  Learn those skills so you can get ahead of the competition.

 

Embrace flexibility

Life loves to throw us lemons.  Graduates must make lemonade.  There are ways to achieve whatever skill you need to adapt to the vast choices in front of you.  Examples are certificates, degrees, second degrees, online degrees, on-the-job training, and open course classes.

 

Articles pop up often about how certain degrees are the best value and how certain colleges provide the best return on investment.  Relying on these articles alone will steer you in the wrong direction.  Instead, be proactive and follow the steps in this article.  The best degrees are affordable while providing stable employment for years to come.