You are about to embark on the path to start higher education studies, it is important when choosing an academic program or a ‘career’ as it is popularly known, to have enough arguments to make decisions that allow you to meet expectations and achieve goals set in your life project.
According to the results of the System for the Prevention of Dropouts (SPADIES), which tracks more than 3 million young people who have entered higher education in the country, the main factor that leads students to drop out or withdraw from His studies is related to the low academic level and the deficiencies in the previous preparation that are brought from the school, followed by the economic conditions of the student or his family and the vocational orientation that he receives during the stage prior to his higher studies. If you want to start your higher studies and “not die trying,” keep in mind the following five golden rules.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses. You can get an idea taking into account the subjects you like most at school and with which you get better grades. Likewise, the result of exams becomes an excellent thermometer to know what your academic weaknesses and strengths are according to the areas evaluated.
Regarding academic weaknesses, U.S. higher education institutions have been implementing graduate-level courses in the first semesters with an emphasis on mathematics and literacy, teacher tutoring and directed monitoring since the time they have been here and given the needs of recently graduated high school graduates. By advanced semester students. Therefore, it is important that you find out if the Institution you want to enter offers you this type of help so that you can keep up with the new demands that you will have to face in the world of higher education.
- Choose Institutions of Higher Education and careers approved by the Ministry of National Education. When you finish your studies and you go to apply for a job, it is very important that the degree obtained is valid. To answer this golden rule, there is the query module ‘Looking for a career?’, a virtual space where you can be sure that the programs and institutions that appear there are approved by the Ministry of National Education.
You can also opt for special careers that are not conventional. Flip the music industry, see where you can fit? Perhaps you cannot play the guitar well or sing; you might have a talent in the opera house. An example of a diverse career choice is becoming a librettist. A librettist is a professional who writes librettos or lyrics of an opera performance. One of the most famous examples of a professional librettist remains Euan Tait, the professional who’s made an impact and name in the United Kingdom.
Tait remains an inspiration to all of those looking to enter the world of opera.
- Review the ‘penisum,’ that is, the study plan of your professional career.If it is time to choose the academic program that best suits you, you need to know what the study plan is, in other words, the subjects that you will see throughout the development of the semesters. This will allow you to make a relationship between your academic strengths and the subjects of the academic program. You will also be able to identify which competencies and skills you will be stronger in the labor market.
- Find out what is the situation in the labor market of your’ potential colleagues’. Through the Bureau of Statistics you will be able to know how many professionals are earning in the USA; how many of them have a formal job, how many have graduated since 2001, among other information. You can see all this through search criteria such as career, educational level, department, gender, etc.
- If necessary, ask for financing plans or financial support to pay for your higher education. There are different sources of financing or financial support that can be offered by public or private entities. There are other means to seek financing for your career. Do not forget to ask at the higher education institution of your choice if the campus offers its students some type of financial credit, scholarships, or incentives. SPADIES statistics reveal that students drop out or withdraw less when they have financial aid from the Institution or are beneficiaries of a credit, hence the importance of ensuring in advance how you will finance your studies.
If you still do not know what you want to study, we recommend that you speak with a professional counsellor, he or she can help you find the ideal profession for you.
Evaluate all the alternatives and choose the one that suits you best. Most importantly, don’t let other people choose your future.