COLLEGE- finding the best fit

I love my job so much because 99% of it requires me to talk and I like to talk. But I’m an effective communicator, so it’s all beneficial. It took me a little while to initially understand how important my likes/dislikes and skills and talents play into my future career work and success. But, what I didn’t realize was the form of higher education I could have received.

Now granted, I graduated college many years ago so the types and forms of education is a lot more diverse than it was when I was in college (prior to 1996).

Nowadays you have so many options!

Colleges and universities across the globe offer so many alternative ways of education and I’m not just talking about online based education, but the kind of education that I’m willing to bet many of you would prefer:

As you know, and I will provide in more detail in my next post, that there are basically four types of higher education institutions.  Public University/College, Private Colleges, Community/Junior Colleges and Vocational Schools. These schools are different because of their initial makeup.

However, each of these types of institutions is making it easier and more convenient for you to attend higher education and earn a degree without disrupting much of your life in any major way. Too many of my friends that are slightly younger than me are attending Brown Mackie College because of the way the school provides its scheduling. BUT, these friends of mine would have never looked into unless we happened to speak about school.

Why is it that you delay? Don’t…just do it.

Ask questions ad find the right type of school for you.

What are your needs? Can you address them and resolve those?

Something I realized though in my job is the dire need for students to learn-by-doing and/or do-by-learning…more hands-on practical applications. There is a trend out there and a new wave of education that is tailored to YOUR interests and needs. Many of you have the skills to learn in a more hands-on environment instead of the standard classroom.

Many schools through the country offer a more hands-on approach to education. All you have to do is ask. 🙂 Ask admissions, financial aid, career services, students services are just a few of the offices and advisors with whom you should be in touch.

Now, check this out, I was reading the USAToday www.usatoday.com (Dec 1 edition) and there was a tiny little article written about video games moving more from a dorm room atmosphere to the actual classroom. This article stated that engineering, medicine, business and other fields at the University of California Irvine in the LATimes www.latimes.com that video games have reached an academic status with the establishment of the Center for Computer Games ad Virtual world, a 4,000 square foot 20 room Cyber-Interaction Observatory. Plans will call for huge projection systems from floor too ceiling, 3-D displays and a major in Game-Science…http://www.ics.uci.edu/computerscience/

Check it out. If this interests you, and you have some skills, go to college and let them enhance the skills you already have.

Please respond with comments, questions!

THEHOPECHEST@KEITHLIPKE.COM

Your Success is My Success,

Keith Lipke

I’m a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.

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