Picking the right degree for the job

February 26, 2013

It can be confusing, trying to select the right college. From filling out the necessary paperwork to getting financial aid for mothers, single moms should have a solid idea of what they want to do with their degrees when they graduate. They also must know what courses to pursue in order to qualify for their dream jobs.

Not every college major is created equal. While some jobs will accept any kind of four-year diploma, others require specialized knowledge, specific training and certain accreditation. Speaking with a professional in that position can grant greater insight, as can meeting with a human resources officer from an establishment that they would like to work with in the future. The easiest and deepest wealth of knowledge available to single moms in college, though, are academic advisors. These individuals can help plan course loads, give referrals for jobs and provide more background into the kinds of degree programs that can put moms on the path to success that they desire.

Setting the right targets
Single Mom Online pointed out that a lot of single mothers already have a plethora of skills that employers want. All they have to do is get the degrees to match the rest of these businesses' hiring requirements. Managing a household, caring for children, cooking, cleaning, balancing a budget and general maintenance may sound like basic tasks any mom has to perform, but in the working world, these are desirable skills. For those interested in nursing, child care, finance, management or retail pursuits, coordinating college education with current activities can make a winning match.

The source stated that, for those with a direct idea of what they want to do, it may be wisest to pursue a trade school in order to be done with studying as soon as possible and get back to work. While grants for single mothers may help with some of the bills, most moms can't work a full-time job, take care of families and have time for school, so getting accredited and back in the workforce quickly is essential. Still, no matter what kind of college or university a mom winds up attending, focusing on the right kinds of classes and correct degree program can expedite getting a job that carries the kind of pay and status that single moms want.

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