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The 4 Courses Every College Student Should Take
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Posted by Alison Greenland, Freelance Blogger

Hiring managers these days, with the state of this economy, look for a college education as the bare minimum now. With the ratio of jobs to seekers being at around 3 to 1, their methods of hiring have gotten more scrutinizing.

Back when college wasn't as common as it is today, it wasn't such as strict requirement and the amount of candidates applying to positions requiring a degree were in fewer numbers. When the job market conditions are as tough as they are now, employers have to find the right balance between being fair in their consideration of qualifications and best fit. Times are changing are so are demands.

College should really be about exploring a field that interests you and gaining valuable knowledge that will lead you to a well-paying and enriching career. Ideally, that is. Realistically speaking, a college education is more likely to pay off when the major pertains to a field with rising demand, as opposed to just being really good at what you do.

Every industry has taken hits at some point in time and workers on every level have gotten their share of bad news. Professionals and veterans of the print publishing industry where I was stepping into were beginning to see their retirement catching up to them sooner than they had expected. The switch over to digital was imminent and so were the tough calls. Those that survived were those with backups, with skills and expertise in other areas.

I've compiled a list of four classes for you to add to your schedule that will prove useful for any job position:

Computer Programming/IT
Basic computer knowledge can only get you so far in an age of augmented reality and flying cars. Considering that most college grads today have grown up with computers in the home, being tech savvy is pretty much instinctive. Computer programming may seem hard, but isn't any subject that you aren't familiar with? Taking this course will give you a place in an industry that is always looking for new talent.

Math was never my forte but that doesn't mean I don't see the value in having advanced math skills. Any type of organization from an art gallery to the zoo is a business. They all offer a service or a product and they all employ people to help run the operations. Being able to work with numbers is a major plus. Positions that require analyzing and interpreting numbers can be found anywhere that people are employed and will always need to be filled.

Keeping in mind that the entire job market is one big business itself, it doesn't hurt to have an understanding of different types of markets and economics. Learning the basics of price, value, and cost, and other economic principles will give you some insight as to how these businesses run and what takes those who run it tick. This is not only knowledge for your career but also for life in general.

Financial Planning
Financial planning teaches you how to project revenue, budgeting, debt, and costs. Financial planning can help you in all aspects of your life, including your career because it provides the fundamentals of pragmatism. Given that the above mention courses all pertain to business, you're probably thinking, "I should just go into business." Not if it isn't what you want. The point is to have a skill to fall back on that has proven to have infinite need and value. In other words, you want to avoid becoming a modern-day milkman and instead more like the grocer who delivers your online order.
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