The Importance of the Right Career Vision Before You Go

Late last year, Complete College America released some must-see research on the amount of time it is now taking undergrads to complete a four-year degree. (Hint: More than four years!)

USA TODAY did a nice job breaking it down. Here’s what you should know:

  • The on-time graduation rate at major public universities is just 36%.
  • At the other state schools, a slight 19% of students actually complete a degree in four years.
  • Students who take six years to graduate pay 40% more than those who finish on time. That’s a ton more debt.

Why is this happening? The report pins it on the following:

  1. Lack of a plan and failure to utilize advising services
  2. Switching majors too much
  3. Changing colleges and losing credits
  4. Taking unnecessary courses

Our hope is that—through Find Your Calling—we can help fix these problems.

  1. The whole point of FYC is to help students access data early in their education journey so that they create a career vision and pinpoint a career (or set of career options) and the appropriate education pathways.
  2. When students home in on a career they are confident they will enjoy, that pays the bills, and that has plenty of demand in the market, then chronic degree switching goes way down. And the less students change their major, the more time and money they will save.
  3. Similarly, if students find the right school for their interests, they won’t likely switch colleges.
  4. If students are locked in on an interest area before they get arrive at college, taking unnecessary courses is a much smaller risk.

Our next major update on Find Your Calling will add enhanced education data that will help students set career and education goals before they commit to a college or degree.

So give Find Your Calling a try. Share it with your friends. Let’s help students make the most of their education.

USA TODAY put together an infographic featuring Complete College America’s research:

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