What’s in an Education? (part 1)

Why do we go to school?  Often this simple question is outright ignored or casually dismissed.  Youranswer should be absolutely unique.  We all have a tendency to group and bucket things, but for once you really should have an answer that is like no other.  We are not all made to get perfect SAT scores.  We are not all amazing athletes.  And most importantly we are definitely not passionate about the same things.  

Progressing through school we eventually come to a major crossroads – more like a multi-highway interchange.  Tons of people are driving along, changing lanes, speeding by, entering the highway, and exiting the highway.  It can be a bit chaotic and stressful, but once we get accustomed to the environment we can focus on making a choice.  The bottom line: everything is fluid – think of that highway.  Even if we make a poor choice, we can get back on the road and try something else.  A good education gives us options and usually more choices. 

Pre-School, Grade School, Middle School, and even High School are places where we learn the basics – nothing too specialized.  Now, if we start talking about college and post-secondary schools – the choice is sometimes overwhelming.  There are tons of careers, professions, skills, and experiences to learn about.  How do we pick the right one?  Since we all have different interests and goals (personal or professional) we really need to think through a few questions:

  • What are you good at? 
  • What are you passionate about? 
  • What Careers are a good fit for you?
  • What training do you need ?
  • Which schools offer what you need to get there?

Up Next:  Part 2 – What types of Schools & Colleges are out there?

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