Abilities and interests point to future path
By Aubreigh Sabbota
on December 12, 2013
Choosing the right post-secondary path is something that requires plenty of thought and careful decision. Many students will pursue higher education. Others will jump into the working world. Some may take a few years to find themselves before determining which path is best for them. If you are a senior in high school, now is the time to start thinking about the proper post-secondary path. If you are still an underclassman, try not to worry too much; you have an ample amount of time to pick your path.
You may already have an idea of what you would like to do after you graduate. When considering the post-secondary path that best suits you, there are a few factors you should keep in mind. First, be sure to pick something you are skilled in. If media is your niche, majoring in transportation design might not be your best bet. Second, it is important that you choose something you love. Chances are, this is what you will be doing for the next few years of your life. I have chosen to go to college and major in English and Communication Arts, because English was always my best subject and also because I have a passion for writing.
Consider your abilities
Think about all of your abilities before you decide on a post-secondary path. If you have good customer service skills, you may choose to look for a job as soon as you graduate. If you have a knack for painting, maybe you will apply to colleges that specialize in creative studies. Personally, I excelled in language arts throughout high school, and my highest ACT score was on the English portion. This is part of the reason I selected the post-secondary path that I did.
Keep in mind that your ideal plan for the future is subject to change. At one point during high school, I said I wanted to go to college for accounting. However, as the math classes became harder, I learned that mathematics was not my strong point and I knew that majoring in something math-based was not the proper route for me to take. Also, accounting was not something I thought I would enjoy, another reason I decided against it.
Inventory your interests
When pondering a post-secondary path, consider your interests. People who love to travel might study abroad, getting their education and satisfying their wanderlust at the same time. Homebodies may opt to take classes online or find a job they can take on in the comfort of their own home. I have always loved to write, so it only made sense to choose a path where I could utilize my one true love.
I decided to major in English and Communication Arts, a discipline that forces me to strengthen my writing skills. In addition to my education, I have clearly chosen to continue my work as a writer for Student Paths, which gives me the opportunity to share my writing with students in various places. Had I gone through with my original plan, to major in accounting, perhaps I would not be writing this article.
The future is yours
Your post-secondary path may change as you consider it, but that is perfectly normal. Lots of thinking may be necessary. Think about your skills, as well as your interests and hobbies. If you do this, the outcome will undoubtedly be a bright, positive future.
Parents or guardians may push you toward a certain career path, one that does not particularly pique your interest. This is an instance where you do not have to listen to adults. This is your future; do as you please, not as others please.
By Aubreigh Sabbota|
December 12, 2013