How Much Are You Getting Out of Your Education?

You’ve may have heard it thrown around before: “You only retain 1/3 of everything you learn in school”. For 65%¬†of college-educated workers, this would be understandable, because much of what you learn in college won’t be applicable to your job. “Why is that?”, you may ask. The survey done by the University of Phoenix concluded that more effort needed to be put into preparing students for specific jobs and careers. If you read the article for yourself, you’ll see a bunch of statistics showing that many never really applied themselves when they were in college. In the end, they list 4 tips that would help you get the most out of your educational experience:

  • Research careers before choosing a degree. This is the most important one. If you already know what you want to do (otherwise, you’re just wasting your money), then find the career that fits in closest to your aspirations and pick your degree based off that.
  • Use the resources that are available to you. Whether it be study aid programs to help you with your courses or internships offered through career services, be sure that you’re familiar with what your campus offers and take advantage of them as often as you can.
  • Gain support of your fellow “stakeholders”. This is a cold, technical term for people that are in involved in your life. This will included, but is not limited to: mom, dad, siblings, ¬†friends, coworkers, distant relatives, your boss, the neighbor next door, and the family pet. With all joking aside, you’ll need financial support. If your family is invested in you’re education, they’ll help you stay motivated, to stay the course and keep pushing forward.
  • Develop time-management skills. If your a homeschooler, this is a skill that you should already have mastered. For those that are public schooled, it’s hard to develop your own schedule after having it already given to you week by week for the last 13 years. Time-management isn’t only a skill that you must know in college, but in your career as well, so it would be wise to learn it now if you haven’t already.

Now while article was more focused towards students already established in their career and continuing education, much of this can still be applied to recent high school graduates. You’re really not going to get the most out of your education unless if the degree you’re pursuing is one where you feel driven to apply yourself.