There are various reasons why people choose not to go to college, but most often, there’s just one reason why they choose to earn a degree – they want to secure their future in the safest way possible. A quality education can open doors faster than you can say abracadabra, and with four years of college behind you, you’re ready to enter the job market and seek your fortunes. But before that, you need to lay out certain plans for your future, and three important questions you need to ask yourself are:
- What do you want to do once you graduate: Do you want to earn another degree or start your job search immediately? If it’s the former, you probably know exactly what you’re looking for when you graduate and you’ve chalked out a plan to attain your goal. If it’s the latter, you need to attend job fairs, meet with your career planning officer, and decide what kind of job you would like to do. Also, it’s not just about choosing what you want to do, but also about deciding where you want to live and how ambitious you are. And if you don’t find a job to your liking, are you willing to settle for second or even third best or do you want to continue your education?
- What are you willing to do to attain your goals: You may decide to finish your degree faster if it means you get the job of you’ve always wanted. This also means giving up much of your free time and time spent with friends and family members. Also, some jobs may take you far away from the people you love. If so, are you willing to sacrifice proximity to your family and friends in order to establish your career and earn a decent amount of money?
- How are you going to clear your debts: If you’re one of the few lucky college students who don’t have debt, then all you have to do is find a good job and decide how to plan your finances in the future. You’ll need a sound investment plan and a budget according to which you lead your daily life. But if you have student debt hanging over your head, your first thought is to get rid of it. So you must have a plan to tackle this outstanding amount responsibly and quickly. Some graduates seek to work off their loans through loan forgiveness programs; others prefer to pay the amount back by getting a job that pays well and settling a fixed sum each month.
If you have your future all mapped out by the time you leave college, and if you have a few contingency plans to fall back on, you will be able to deal with any curveball that life throws at you.