Deciding to earn your degree is a big step. But then comes
the next big decision: What degree should you earn?
Getting an A in each class shouldn’t be your only deciding
factor. Whether you are undecided or certain about the degree you want
to earn, there are still other considerations important to review before you
claim your major. Answer these five questions honestly about what degree you
should earn before you make the leap.
Question 1: Why Do I
Want This Degree?
You know why your family or friends think this is a great
degree, but why do you? What subjects do you look forward to exploring during
this degree? What experiences does this degree provide that will set you up for
success in your career?
Choose to earn a degree that naturally motivates you and
keeps you fascinated.
Question 2: Do I Know
Enough About This Degree?
What are the requirements for this degree? Some degrees
sound great until you see what classes you need to take. Does this degree
require more classes than other programs? Are you excited about the challenges
of these requirements—or repulsed? Know what subjects you will study as well as
what’s involved in the discipline so that you’re not disappointed semesters
into the program.
Question 3: What Are
The Career Opportunities For This Degree?
Do your research. Review open job descriptions for careers
that you want to pursue. Is your degree of choice required for the position?
Research online databases like the Bureau of Labor Statistics for career possibilities and salary ranges with this degree. Are you satisfied
with your findings?
Question 4: Have I
Talked To Someone Earning This Degree?
Get the inside scoop on what it’s like to earn this degree.
Chat with a student taking classes in the degree program to know the pros and cons
of earning this degree. Talk to a professor teaching classes in this degree program
to see if the courses and objectives meet your career goals.
Question 5: Is This
The Right Or Only Degree For My Career?
What are the goals of the degree? Do they match yours? What other
degrees can lead to the same career path? Why are these degrees not the best
choice? Schedule to meet with your NAU advisor so that you can discuss
the answers to these questions and the next steps to pursuing this degree
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