STUDENT LIFE / AUG. 19, 2014
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How to Get the Maximum ROI for Your Education

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You are paying a small fortune for your education, so it’s important that you get the most out of it. Your education isn’t something to take for granted, as many people have to get by with what little education they currently have. In order to be the successful professional you have the potential to be, you have to invest your time and effort into your education in order to reap the benefits later.

The Importance of Doing the Work

Many people perceive college students as lazy, unmotivated individuals simply trying to enjoy their way through college. In many cases it may be true, but don’t let it be in your case!

To get the maximum ROI (return on investment) on your education, do the hard work of studying and getting good grades in college. Remember that those with the highest grades in college usually end up with the best jobs, as companies look for those who apply themselves and work hard to achieve great things. If you really want to get the most from your education, you’ll need to work your rear off to leave college with high honors.

How to Get the Most from School

Here are some things you can do to ensure that your education years are spent productively:

  • Join student unions and the student council -- Joining student unions and the student council shows that you have drive and initiative, and that you are willing to do more than just coast by. It looks GREAT on your resume, and it’s a great place to network with other motivated individuals.
  • Work with professors -- Most college professors have office hours even after their classes are done. If you want to excel at a specific subject, try to spend time with your professors and learn from them in one-on-one sessions. You’ll not only improve your grades, but adding a professor to your professional network can increase your chances of getting a good job once you graduate.
  • Volunteer -- Joining volunteer organizations looks good on your resume, and it’s a good way for you to improve yourself as well.
  • Become a TA -- A teacher’s assistant works with the professor to teach, and it’s a great way to excel in subjects in which you are interested. It looks very good on your CV, and you can learn every facet of complicated subjects by teaching them.
  • Visit your career advice center -- All schools have career advice centers where guidance counselors can help you figure out what career is ideal for you. Discover what your ideal career is in your first year of studying, and you can take all the right courses to help you graduate with the greatest amount of knowledge and experience.
  • Sign up for internships -- Many companies visit colleges around the country to find interns to work summer jobs in their offices. These internship positions are EXCELLENT for gaining experience, but they also open doors and help you to build your network. Even if you don’t end up working in the company where you intern, it looks great on your resume.

The more time and effort you invest in your education during your high school and college years, the more you’ll benefit when the time comes to graduate and join the work force!

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