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    When do I have to start planning my career?

     You can start planning your future as soon as you enter  high school. In the college board's web page of the : look in the section “for students” / Plan for
    College / Starting points, and you will find an action plan for Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores or
    Freshman that will guide you trough all the process.



     Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman give in their link at’s guide (Feb 11,2009) several examples of common mistakes to avoid when you pick a major. Here you have some of them:
    Picking a major before you've considered all the choices. At some schools, especially large state universities, there are more than 100 majors to choose from. Don't choose before you've considered all the options you're interested in. And don't be put off just because you don't quite know what immunology, paleobiology, international development studies, ethnomusicology, or civil engineering are (these five are from the UCLA list of majors). Find out. Take a course. Or at least stop by the departmental office or Web page and get a description of what they have to offer.
    Picking a major before you've taken at least two advanced courses in the field. It's tempting to pick a major just on the basis of an intro course or two that you really liked. But it's important to take a sampling of upper division or advanced courses before committing to a major. In many fields, the work at that level is more challenging and also, sometimes, different in approach, methodology, or complexity than in the watered-down intro courses designed to service the university as a whole.
    Picking a major in something you're not good at. As surprising as it might seem, there is a regular cadre of students who major in fields they aren't doing well in or don't have the skills for. Rule of thumb (if possible): Pick a major in a field in which you're getting more A's than B's.
    Picking a major in something you don't like. Given that you're going to have to take 10 or 12 courses in the major, it'd be a nice touch if you actually liked the field. Pick something that reflects your interests and true passions.
    Picking a major only because of its career prospects. Sure, in a tight economy it makes good sense to pick a major with an eye to what jobs you can get. But that shouldn't be the only consideration in picking a major. For one thing, there's not a one-to-one relation between majors and careers: You don't need a degree in marketing or business for a career in the corporate world or a major in philosophy or political science to have the inside track to law school. Indeed, there are a slew of jobs-perhaps most jobs-for which a particular major is not required, but what's needed are skills in math, writing, communication, foreign languages, or analytical thinking that could be acquired in any number of different majors.
    Also, it's very difficult to bet on what the most lucrative or prestigious jobs will be three to ten years from now or the amount of time needed to complete a major and, in some cases, postgraduate training.



    Community colleges are a strong, reasonably priced option, especially for students who are unsure about a major or not emotionally ready for the pressure of dorm life and large classes. Many financial planners suggest students consider attending community colleges for the first two years of college and then transferring to schools that will provide a diploma with more cachet. But, it’s expected to be more difficult to get into some community colleges as more students go there to reduce costs.
    Check on enrollment dates and have all the paperwork done to enroll early.. But before enrolling make sure that the credit hours can transfer to the four year school.
    Choosing a two year college could actually harm students' long-term prospects. Research has shown that community colleges, overall, do a poor job of getting students into four-year schools. In a 2008 paper, Harvard professor Bridget Terry Long found that, among similar students, those who chose two-year colleges were less likely to get a bachelor's degree than those who went straight to a four-year college. Since employers tend to pay those who actually earn a degree more than those who have had only a few years of college, saving a few thousand dollars on tuition when you are 18 might end up costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime if you get discouraged in community college and don't persevere to a bachelor's. 


    How can I choose the best college ?

    If you took the PSAT/NMSQT test you can log in with the access code printed in your score report. My Bg Futuret is a free personalized college and carrer planning kit.  You can also take a validated personality assessment to get a detailed report on your personality type, explore a list of suggested careers and majors that fit your personality and strengths, and search for colleges by location, major, cost, financial aid.

    There are many types of Colleges :public and private, two year and four year....Which one is right for you and your educational needs? You will find answers to this and many other questions in the college major that matches your goals ! Read the articles about College Rankings and "college rankings for the rest of us" to find out what the official rankings won't tell you..

    What are America's Best Colleges 2018 . MONE  published by Timea analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, and alumni earnings (plus 22 other data points) to find the country’s top values. Find your fit with rankings that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.

    Want to take a cross-country trip to visit colleges all over the United States, but don't want to shell out thousands for gas,food and lodging? is touting itself as the first web site providing video tours of colleges campuses. There are about 400 colleges spaning from Florida to California to Hawaii. However, don't expect to learn much about any of the negative aspects of each college.....