ARE YOU A GO-GETTER, LIBERAL ARTS LEARNER, OR SOCIAL NETWORKER?
It’s no secret that college alternatives are in vogue right now.
Traditional college works for some, but isn’t for everyone – and that’s perfectly ok. Take our quiz to get an idea of what higher ed programs you might want to explore.
What best describes your personality?
A. You’re analytical, a problem-solver who loves a challenge.
B. You’re creative. You’ve read all the classics and can casually slide Plato into any conversation.
C. You’re a people person. You know that people are what make life interesting so you thrive in group settings.
When it comes to your career, your goals are:
A. To have job security. Nothing sounds better than being protected from marketplace changes like the automation boom. You regularly Google “the future of work.”
B. To be fluid. You get bored easily and love to try new things. Your hobbies and passions change by the week, and you hope your career matches this part of your personality.
C. To network. You know relationships play a big role in career advancement and you love getting to know people from all walks of life.
You see budgeting for school as:
A. A major concern. You’re an activist who sees major problems with the cost of college today. The biggest issue for you in the 2020 election is the student debt crisis. You can’t imagine taking out loans to finance your education.
B. A moderate concern. The idea of paying for college stresses you out but only because you’re not sure what you want to study yet. How can you put a price tag on the unknown? Better yet, how can we define “the unknown?”
C. A minor concern. The experiences you’ll gain both in and out of the classroom will make it all worth it at the end of the day.
In your free time, you enjoy:
A. Tinkering around with electronics.
C. Free time? You don’t know her. You’re too busy running around with friends.
Your current goals are:
A. To make that paper. The idea of sitting in a classroom for another few years makes you cringe. You can’t wait to get out and get money.
B. To learn as much as possible. You crave knowledge of all kinds and want to be versed in every subject.
C. To meet new people. You read somewhere the social life you create in your early twenties is incredibly defining for the rest of your life. You took that to heart.
In high school, you were:
A. The proud introvert or “lone wolf.” You could care less about the social aspects of schooling.
B. The overachiever. You were an engaged learner and unafraid to discuss the true meaning of “Macbeth” with your teachers.
C. The social butterfly. Friendships and clubs were a large part of your high school experience.
Your perfect trip includes:
A. Experiencing life in a major metropolitan city like New York or San Francisco (maybe even Tokyo).
B. A semester abroad at Oxford where you’ll get to hone your creative writing skills.
C. Staying in hostels and backpacking across Europe or Asia. You’ll come home with lots of new Facebook friends, of course.
Now tally up how many times you answered with As, Bs, and Cs. Check out your results below, depending on which letter appeared the most in your answers.
Mostly As: The Go-Getter
If you got mostly As, consider checking out bootcamps, shorter-term certificate programs, or vocational colleges. With your special skills and analytical mind, you could be perfect for the tech industry or a career in STEM. If you’re looking to break into the industry without the hassle of 4 years of school, a shorter-term certificate program can get you into the workforce in as little as 3 to 12 months. Some programs will also teach you the people skills needed to succeed in your career. These programs come at a fraction of the cost of 4-year university degrees so student debt won’t be an issue on graduation day — sounds like the best of both worlds to us!
Mostly Bs: The Liberal Arts Learner
If you got mostly Bs, research liberal arts colleges, community colleges, or non-traditional learning experiences. You love to learn about anything and everything, so a liberal arts learning experience could be for you! In these programs, you can take foundational courses covering a large variety of subjects. Alternatively, you might thrive in a non-traditional/create-your-own education program. If you’re unsure of what you want to major in, consider attending a community college. Here, you can take a wide range of classes at a low cost while you figure out where you want your career to take you. No matter where you end up, the future looks bright for you, smarty pants!
Mostly Cs: The Social Networker
If you got mostly Cs, look into public universities or gap year programs. A traditional college experience is still a mainstay in American culture and a major place for people to form social groups in early adulthood. With experiences like study abroad and Greek life, a traditional college experience could provide all the networking and social opportunities you’re seeking. Public universities are often well-connected and less pricey than their private counterparts. With a large number of students and a huge alumni base, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to expand your network. But socializing also shouldn’t be the ultimate deciding factor in choosing your educational path. There are plenty of other places to make friends and network in 2020, like “The Bachelor” or Reddit (yes, we’ve got jokes). Consider taking a gap year to really sort yourself out before making any pricey decisions. A gap year can provide networking opportunities through internships, bridge jobs, or year abroad programs.
Ultimately, choosing to pursue higher education is a very personal decision and we’re confident you’ll find the one that’s best for you! The future of work and education are creating paths for all kinds of learners and that’s something to be pumped about.