When it comes to education, a college degree isn’t always the best investment you can make.
A recent survey by The New York Times found that only 1% of graduates in the US go on to earn more than their parents, while 60% of students fail to graduate with a college diploma.
A recent report from The Atlantic Institute found that nearly two-thirds of graduates graduate in debt.
With these statistics in mind, here are 10 tips for getting the most of your education.
Choose a college that fits your career goals.
“You have to be realistic, and you have to know what you’re looking for,” said Kristina Kinsman, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Washington and author of The College Fix.
In her experience, people with higher incomes tend to have a greater focus on career progression, she added.
If you’re starting out, you want to be working for a startup, Kinswoman said.
Choose schools that offer a wide variety of majors.
The biggest difference between an MBA and a master’s degree is that a graduate is not looking for a single major, said John Mazzucchelli, director of business studies at the College of William and Mary.
You can’t just focus on one major.
If you want a master of science degree, you have more choices than an MBA, Mazzuchelli said.
“You can do everything.
If your major is in marketing, you can do it all.
If it’s in economics, you know you can work in retail.”
The only major you can’t do all at once is law.
Look for a program that offers career development and internship opportunities.
It’s not that you can get a graduate degree without internship opportunities, Mizzou’s Mazzazzo said.
You can get an internship with a graduate program, but that doesn’t guarantee you a job.
Students can also be accepted into graduate programs through their major, which will require a bit of planning, he said.
If that means they’re accepted to law school, they’re going to have to decide whether they want to go to law or business school or some combination of the two, he added.
The biggest advantage of an internship is that you’re going back to school after the internship, Mazazzo added.
That’s the kind of internship you’ll find at most other schools.
Choose an internship program that focuses on specific skills and interests.
When you apply to an internship, the goal is to develop a new skill, such as a marketing skills, he explained.
It also allows you to get to know a fellow student, and to work with them on projects.
If a program focuses on a particular area, it can help you gain new insights on that area of the curriculum, Mizzicki added.
“The advantage is that if you do something, you’re actually contributing in a positive way.”
Make sure you take classes.
Your first year of college can be very difficult, but if you take courses, you’ll have more opportunities to improve, Mzzazzo explained.
To do that, it’s important to study and plan, he emphasized.
Make an effort to read through the online content of each class, especially those that are focused on specific subjects, Mzazzo recommended.
Make a list of the programs you like the most and the ones you hate the most.
There’s an easy way to get your priorities straight: Use the same list for all your majors.
The more you choose, the more you’ll be able to compare them and make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
Keep your budget up-to-date.
Some schools offer financial aid, but the cost can vary depending on where you live, according to Mazzucci.
If the school you’re applying to doesn’t offer financial assistance, Mitzell said it’s best to find a financial aid program that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Choose courses that offer electives.
Electives are classes that can be taken in conjunction with the classes you’re studying.
The difference between electives and courses is that electives can be for specific areas, MIZZICKI said.
For example, you could take a course in human behavior, and electives in sociology, Maza said.
Choose programs that offer classes on specific topics.
One of the biggest mistakes many students make is going to a program and thinking they’ll be doing a seminar on something.
Instead, they’ll take a class on the same topic they’re studying, Muzicki said, adding that the best way to choose a course is to look at the course description and see if it has a specific topic.
If there’s a particular topic you’re interested in,