While the new common core standards call for all students to be college and career ready, the narrowed, one-size-fits-all initiative gives little attention to customizing coursework to a student’s unique talents, interests or abilities. As a result, like me, many young people are left with a diploma in one hand, and the other hand scratching their head, unsure of exactly what course of study they want to pursue. The end result can be a hefty investment in tuition, housing, and books in a major that’s just not right for them.
high school years are the right time to begin having conversations
about what might be the best field of study to pursue. If that field
includes college, these are five majors to consider that might lead to
fulfilling careers. Discuss these with teens early so they can begin
focusing their high school experience toward activities, studies,
internships, and/or work that will help them make the most of college and life.
1) Economics - Economics
and other business degrees are among the highest-paying degrees
available at college. While the coursework can be challenging, the
results are worthwhile. Economics degrees can lead to jobs in business,
other financial fields and academia.
2) Health sciences- Health-related
degrees can lead to the lucrative field of health sciences. While
others jobs are affected by economic factors, health care remains in
demand regardless of economic conditions; people do not stop getting
sick during a recession. Degrees in health sciences can lead to careers
in areas such as doctors, physician’s assistants, and nurses. Such
careers allow one to help others and lead to high levels of job
satisfaction. With Baby Boomers at retirement age, this is a field in high demand.
3) Communication Studies- Communication
degrees prepare students to enter fields like advertising and public
relations. Starting salaries are reasonable, the work is fast-paced and
exciting, and there is tremendous room for growth for those with talent.
This degree also prepares studentts for running their own business once
they gain some real-world experience.
4) Education - Teaching
degrees do not always lead to the highest-paying jobs, but the field is
rewarding and those who pursue it are responsible for educating the
future. Additionally, with experience and additional study, the work can
lead to fairly lucrative jobs in administration. Educators who find an
environment that fits their style find the rewards of teaching lead to
high job satisfaction rates.
5) Information Technology - As high school principal Chris Lehmann points out, “Technology is like oxygen, ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible.
This is a field that will continue to boom for decades. With an IT
degree, some experience and certifications, students can make six-figure
incomes in a relatively short period of time. Further, the field
continues to change and redefine itself, which leads to new
opportunities throughout one's career.
five majors are some areas that are likely to lead to employment
opportunities. Of course this is only a start. If these are not areas
of interest for the young people you are involved with, dig deeper,
review college catalogs and trade publications and talk with people in
various fields to investigate which opportunities are most likely to
lead to success.