Many young adults develop a negative outlook on education because of the limited amount of freedom and direction they receive throughout middle and high school. This leads them to think graduating from high school is the end of their educational careers. However, there are several reasons for young adults to consider higher education opportunities, including greater freedom and program options. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a program or academic plan within higher education.
Preparation for a Career
There are several purposes higher education serves that don’t get acknowledged within society. Because of this, many young adults don’t believe pursuing education after graduating high school is right for them, and they miss out on the many benefits this opportunity has to offer. One of the primary services is career preparation. Young adults who take courses in community college will gain the skills, training, and knowledge they need to enter the professional working world or continue to a university to receive a degree in the career program of their choice. And while some young adults know what kind of career they want to have, there are many that aren’t sure yet, and that is ok. Higher education environments offer a safe place for young adults to explore their options and are often encouraged not to select an area to focus on until they have finished their freshman year.
Besides preparing for a career, there are many practical benefits for young adults who receive certificates and associate degrees in community colleges and bachelor degrees or higher at universities. They tend to be more economically successful, meaning they earn a significantly higher income over their lifetimes. overall health of young adults who attend two or four year colleges and universities significantly improves because they eat healthier, exercise more often, and are less likely to indulge in harmful activities like smoking and drinking. Joanna Hootnick is a prominent figure within institutions of higher education, and can attest to how beneficial such an opportunity can be. Joanna has earned multiple degrees from Harvard College, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and NYU’s Stern School of Business, and has worked for over 20 years at Harvard and Columbia’s law and business schools.
Development of Self
Aside from academic and career advancements, higher education allows young adults to experience personal growth by improving on skills they already have, learning new skills, and identifying skills they never knew they had. Young adults in college will gain verbal and written communication skills that train them to express themselves clearly and efficiently. They will develop better critical thinking skills, allowing them to ask questions and analyze reading materials, and be able to diagnose and solve problems in their personal, social, and professional lives. They also juggle more responsibilities, which gives them the ability to gain and improve skills in time management, organization, and leadership. There is a great sense of accomplishment for young adults who complete their higher education goals by pursuing a concrete goal they are passionate about. Joanna Hootnick understand this passion, participating in several committees and departments within higher education institutions in New York City.