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College Degree Choice and Your Career

By Sharie Adamson, Ed. D
School of Business at American Public University

Many of us begin our college journey thinking we need to decide what we want to do with the rest of our lives. College is only one piece of the puzzle of our lives and we need to keep that in focus. Preparing for a successful career involves choices well beyond the classroom.

I had the illusion that my college degree choice would set the path for my career for the rest of my life. Therefore, I really stressed about my degree plan. This caused me to change my degree and shift my opinion many times over the course of my first two years in college.

When I settled on the field of teaching, I assumed that I would be a teacher for my entire future career. I was mistaken and, 25 years after I began my career, I look back and wished that I had been more focused on the joy and process of learning instead of focusing on the rest of my life.