Truman Education Center
There are many factors that one needs to consider when picking a college, a major and a career.
“There is always a debate when deciding what to study and do for a living; should you study something you love to do and find a way to make a living with it, or should you study something that you know will provide you a good career when you are done?” asked Brian Jungen, Transition Education counselor. “There is no right answer for that. To help you answer that question for yourself, some research into what job fields are hiring or expected to be in demand in the next few years is always helpful.”
To assist individuals in this process, various interest and aptitude tests are available through offices such as the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program Office.
After researching what jobs are expected to be hiring, individuals can use that information to assist in finding a major that can help prepare them for that job. They can then use that information to help decide which school to attend.
There are more factors to consider when choosing the exact school that you want to attend. One key factor is location.
If you are a city person, a college out in the country may not be the best place for you, and the opposite is true. If you are more of a country person, a college in an urban environment may put you out of your comfort zone.
Also, if you have a family, you need to ensure the area surrounding the college has adequate facilities to take care of your family. This is especially true in regards to employment and health care. If your family depends on your spouse’s income and you are in a remote area, finding employment could be difficult. If someone in your family requires specific medical care that is not available in a remote area, that is a factor that needs to be considered.
In addition, you need to make sure the college you are looking at has the exact major that you are looking for. This may seem obvious, however, if you are seeking a very particular degree in a field such as engineering or computer sciences. You will need to ensure that the degree plan matches up with your needs and expectations.
“Taking the time to really analyze and think about your major and school choices can greatly improve your chances of success in your academic journey,” said Karla Hope, Education counselor.
We encourage our service members and their families to call the Truman Education Center at 573.596.0172, or stop by if they have any questions regarding accreditation.