4. Careers and Employment: Look into educational options
Training, courses, and degree programs
Some occupations will require additional training or education. Finding training and educational resources that fit your time constraints and budget can be a challenge. Here are some resources worth exploring (click image to visit):
Exploring Graduate Schools
Does your prospective career require a graduate degree? When exploring graduate programs, consider factors such as reputation, cost, location, specializations offered. Here are some guides that can help you in this process:
Many people also look at an educational program's ranking -- how well it compares to other programs like it. A variety of factors, both subjective (reputation of program) as well as objective (such as placement of graduates, academic credentials of faculty, etc.) can be used to compile rankings. Be sure to learn what factors were used to determine the rankings that you find.
|U.S. News: America's Best Colleges||Colleges are ranked by specific programs (engineering, business, etc.) or other criteria, such as best value.|
|U.S. News: America's Best Graduate Schools||This is a popular source for rankings of graduate and professional programs. Look at "How We Rank Graduate Schools" and the "Methodology" links under each category to understand more about their process.|
How do these resources determine rankings? See About the U.S. News Education Rankings Methodologies for how U.S. News & World Report does it for various categories.