As a child, we are often asked this question: What do YOU want to be when you grow up? Sure, our answers were funny—a super hero, princess, a dinosaur. But eventually our answers matured, changed into teacher, doctor, lawyer, or even a business person. The gateway to any exciting career is through college. One of the most exciting time’s in life is deciding where to go to college. This time can be the most stressful. Depending on your qualifications and test scores you could have a great number of schools eating out of your hand. Colleges spend the majority of their advertising money on booklet printing, stuffing your pockets full of cards, pencils, brochures, and the occasional hat at college fairs. With some many colleges, universities out there, it can be hard to choose which one is right for you as a student. How do you choose a college? By understanding what future employers want and graduate schools require.
First, you will need to find an accredited school, preferably one that is regionally accredited such as in the south of the USA the organization SACS. Why do you need to go to an accredited school? In today’s job market, many employers require more than just a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree. They want at least a Master’s degree, but the only way to get into graduate school is to have a degree from an accredited college or university. Even if you aren’t planning now for a graduate degree, you may find that you will need one later on in your career. So choosing a school that is accredited is essential.
Secondly, many employers are wanting to see their employees transcripts and having a degree from an accredited school will help your chances of a getting that job. When a school is accredited, the school has an improved curricula so future employers know what students have been taught. This makes it easier for the employer to see if the job applicant is truly qualified.
Whether you go to a four year university or a community college, choosing a college that is accredited will help your chances of getting into graduate school and getting a job