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How to Decide Which Program is Right for You

Sep 21, 2015 | Harrison College

How to Decide Which Program is Right for You

Going to college is a major step in your life. An important part of your adventure is choosing the right program for you, a decision that can influence the course of your career. So, what should you really consider when choosing a program at Harrison College? Check out some of the resources we offer below to help you on your path to success.

Follow Your Interests

Find a program that best reflects your interests. For example, if you love caring for animals, a career in veterinary technology might be your calling. If you enjoy working with computers, a program in information technology might be a good fit. No matter what path you choose, make sure you follow your interests. (View all of the degree programs available at Harrison.)  

Pay Attention to Your Skills

It is important to consider your strengths when choosing a career path. For instance, if your math has never been your strongest subject, a career in accounting may not be your best option. On the other hand, if you have always received high grades in anatomy and biology, a program in health sciences could complement your skills.

Is There a Market for Your Degree?

Not many students consider the current and future markets for careers when choosing a major, and that can be a costly mistake. If you find out that jobs in the psychology will decline rapidly in the next five to 10 years, should you pursue a degree in psychology?

For more information on the job outlook for particular careers, you should review the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Conduct Informational Interviews

You can look through thousands of websites to find information regarding a particular career, but there is no substitute for one-on-one conversations. Meet with a person who works in a field that you are interested in, and come prepared with a list of questions to ask them about their career, such as:

  • How did you choose your major and your career?
  • What is a normal day like for you at your job?
  • What are the strengths and skills that employers in your industry look for in candidates?
  • Do you suggest following any particular blogs, Twitter feeds, websites, podcasts or industry publications that might help me learn more about this career path?

Informational interviews will give you a realistic, inside perspective on what it is like to work in any career.

Make a Pros vs. Cons Chart

This tip may be one of the simplest and most useful. Divide a sheet of paper vertically down the middle. At the top left, write “Pros.” At the top right, write “Cons.” Start with what you know, such as your personal interests and skills, to begin filling out the chart. Next, conduct research on websites, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics site mentioned above. Finally, include information you learned from informational interviews. Weigh the pros and cons to make a more informed decision about picking a program.

Utilize Our Admissions Representatives

Although choosing a program and career can be difficult, remember that there are many resources at your disposal. When you are ready to start your path to success, reach out to one of our admissions representatives to request an info form or explore our degree programs.

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