May 8 - a piece of advice you have for others
Well... there are many pieces of advice I wish I could tell random people on a daily basis. Like brush your teeth, chew with your mouth closed, or don't wear that ever again. But on a general basis, I'm not sure what advice I would give.
But the one piece of advice I wish I had been given (at least prior to choosing a major or career) would be: Choose a very specific area of study.
I was told the opposite when I was younger. When I was attending Horry-Georgetown Technical College, I planned to become certified to work in a doctor's office doing billing/coding, etc. My advisor suggested I obtain an associate's degree in Office Systems instead because it would broaden the types of offices willing to hire me. I took her advice and had no luck finding a job. If I had become certified in a medical office like I had planned, I would have easily been able to find a job in a medical office doing coding or billing.
I obviously ended up going back to school after obtaining my associate's degree and earned a BA in Psychology. But again, psychology is a very broad field. It's the equivalent of having a BS in Science or BA in History. What are you going to do with that?
Employers want people who are certified or have experience, in addition to their education. Sometimes I wonder why I even wasted the time, energy, and most importantly, money on a college education. It doesn't mean diddly squat. I have a college degree (or to be more specific, TWO college degrees), and I'm currently working in a position that doesn't require one (& most others who work in the same position don't have) for a company who might as well be paying me in bread crumbs. If I could do it all over, I would definitely choose something incredibly specific.