When considering college, potential students must weigh the cost of investment versus the outcome and career path that best suits their goals.
Many variables come into play and students often complete a degree that they may have never considered before. One of the many benefits of attending college is being exposed to various studies which could influence your career choice.
"At first I wanted to be in business but then I shifted my focus towards being a communication director, ” said Komari Simmons, a 2014 graduate of the Florida A&M University School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
Colleges may also place students into majors that may not truly reflect their professional desires. Upon walking across the stage, some may realize their major does not correlate with their true passion. This scenario plays out more often than people think.
Devante Jefferson, who is also a recent SJGC graduate, commented on how his school experience helped him. “Honestly I love music, that’s my true passion. I think J school helped me become a jack-of-all-trades,” said Jefferson. “I learned how to write stories and stuff like that, but most importantly I learned how to brand myself.”
With education costs increasing, many students are unwilling to reenter the collegiate ranks due to a lack of financial resources. A paycheck becomes more important and additional schooling has to be put on hold. However, some people believe that having an education outweighs the debt that may come with it.
“A college degree gives you an introduction to a career. It doesn’t give you a career. Therefore, take what you have and make the best of it. It is what you do with that knowledge that determines your future,” says Maurice Odine, Ph.D., the Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
Although many graduates may have not majored in what their hearts dictated, many have taken what they learned to position themselves to be competitive while staying true to their desires.
Charles Parham, who recently graduated with a degree in Public Relations, stated “I never believed in ‘waiting’ until you graduate to ‘become.’ Now that I've graduated I will continue to build on what I learned during my time as a J school student and how it applies to my life now.”