Anthropology! And/or archaeology. Of course, this major was ages ago and the prospects were no better back then either, recession or no recession. If I was thinking of selecting an undergraduate major in this day and age, I’d look into Keller Graduate School online courses as an alternative instead.  The biggest draw back to anthropology is the narrow selection of jobs, and that’s only once you’ve obtained a Master’s or PhD since a bachelor’s means pretty much nothing in that profession. With a Master’s Degree, an anthropology major might be lucky enough to land a job at a museum or as a professor at a community college. Acquiring a PhD holds a few more options, but most are in academia and we all know where that path leads…;).

Back in the day, students weren’t taught to question their choice of major,  plot out their job prospects or do a cost/benefit analysis of whether the degree was even worth the tuition. A bachelor’s degree in anything was better than not having one. Of course, student loan debt wasn’t spiraling out of control. Now, a bachelor’s degree is a dime-a-dozen and doesn’t guarantee a job.

It’s becoming clearer that students must carefully select their major, analyze job prospects 4-5 years out, work out a cost/benefit analysis, and monitor their student loan debt. Crossing their fingers and hoping the economy remains stable might also help!

Crafting a well-respected resume, or at least one that might get you a phone call, also includes making sure you’re on top of your game. In my case, I’m realizing I need to be bilingual, have a master’s degree, and a dual credential. Great. It’s not enough to have the “bare-minimum” anymore. I need to go further, but I also need to cost/analyze each additional requirement. For instance, the least expensive item would be to add a dual credential for a cost of under $3,000. The most expensive option would be a master’s degree upwards of $10,000 or more. Becoming bilingual is difficult in determining the cost – it all depends on how quickly I could learn the language. It’s also a more difficult task. I know which option I’ll be selecting first.

Do high school’s offer a program or seminar that gives students the information they need to make better choices? My guess is not many do. It’s hard enough for high school students to think about next month or next year, but with a little guidance, it might help a senior save money, get just the education they need for the job they want, and be aware that with every choice there is a consequence – good or bad.

Did you select a major haphazardly? Or did you spend time analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of certain professions and the cost of education?

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