How do you know what you want to be when you “grow up”? Single moms may feel the need to go to school, to earn a degree or otherwise prepare themselves and their children for their future. But how do you know that what interests you now is what will excite you as a career? How do you know that after earning a degree you won’t decide that the chosen career field isn’t what you really want? To be honest, you don’t know. But neither do most high school seniors when they choose their college majors.
To make an informed decision and choose a major that will be a perfect fit for your life there are a few simple steps you can take.
By taking aptitude tests you can evaluate which careers and fields match with the areas you are naturally inclined to do well in. You may be surprised at some of the areas in which you excel because you’ve not considered those possible careers or degrees before.
Once you have your aptitude testing over with and have a few ideas visit a career counselor to discuss the variety of positions you could be qualified for and to find out what sort of degree and education requirements each has. Keep an open mind and really consider some of the career possibilities.
College Admissions Counselor
Your college counselor will help you narrow down the classes you need for the degree you have decided on and work with you to optimize your schedule. No matter what career you’ve decided on once you achieve your degree you may still find that you have grown more interested in a different facet of the field. Your degree isn’t a waste at that point; you can still work in the area of your major while you develop the skills to change your direct position.
To put it simply you don’t have to know what you want to be when you “grow up” before you go to college, all you have to do is be dedicated to being the best you that you can be. Follow your heart, follow your dreams and take that first step toward getting a degree and being a success. Be an example for your children; teach them to take responsibility, to work toward their goals and to do what they love.
Choosing to major and obtain a degree in a certain area to improve your employment chances and advance your career is a typical situation and plan of action for a single mom returning to school. But what if you are a single mom who has no idea exactly what major to choose and what degree to seek? The first step to getting started as a student is to choose a major.
There are a few different ways you can go about choosing a major, they are often intertwined and each could have an impact on your education plans. Take the time to explore these options thoroughly and don’t rush into selecting classes and planning for a degree until you are sure that it is what you want to do with your life.
Besides supporting and raising your children what are your interests? Do you enjoy science or history? Are you an art lover or a woman with a keen business mind? Are you an avid gardener or do you enjoy working with children? Each of these interests and many others can help you to choose a major in one of those fields.
As a single mom you more than likely work to provide for your children. Why not use your experience in the working world to help you choose a major? If you have been working in a fast food restaurant a degree in business management would help you advance. If secretarial work is your J.O.B. you may want to look into an administrative degree. If the company you work for is a Real Estate office you are already familiar with the ins and outs of the Realtors. You could go to school to earn a degree in Real Estate and join the ranks of successful Realtors instead of making their copies and answering their phones. Use what you know to help you select a major.
A student counselor will help you narrow down your interests, administer tests to locate your aptitude for certain subjects and career as well as discuss with you the requirements for certain degrees and the scheduling available for the major you choose. Remember to choose a major that interests you because you will be reading a lot about it!
Choosing a major is the first step in going back to school as a single mom. Once you know what you want to achieve it is up to you to follow through with scheduling, financial research, admissions and completing your courses to earn your degree.