The Dangers of Not Planning for Education

The Dangers of not Planning your Post-Secondary

Planning your education
Planning your education is a key to success.

As an educational consultant working with high school and post-secondary students, I see all too often the dangers of poorly made decisions. Often these occur due to a lack of planning.

  • Students enroll in classes they don’t need. High school students sometimes think they need to load up on all the heavy academic classes in order to keep their post-secondary options open. Dangers:

  1. Lower results due to a heavy academic load.

  2. Burn out

  3. Missing out on personal interest courses

  • Missing pre-requisite courses. On the flip side, there are also those students who do not research what the admission requirements are, until they are in grade 12 Only then do they realize they are missing some pre-requisite courses and are unable to apply to their program of choice. Dangers:

  1. Not able to get direct entry into their program of choice

  2. May need to invest in extra courses in order to fulfill the requirements

  3. Feelings of discouragement

  • Post-Secondary program is not a good fit. Students often do not take the time to research what the course requirements will be for their post-secondary program, the lesson structure, or added benefits. In addition to consider the program in terms of long term career goals, students also need to compare programs based on class size, lesson delivery format, and content. Dangers:

  1. Poor fit for student’s learning style and therefore more difficult to achieve success

  2. Large percentage of course requirements are actually focused on areas a student is interested in, causing frustration and reduced engagement.

  3. Drop out. Not feeling engaged, motivated or successful can cause students to quit

  • Post-Secondary program not in line with career goals. Deciding what program to study based on your long term goals is critical. Students sometimes enroll in programs based on what their friends may be doing, what their parents studied, or whatever default program sounds most “interesting” without giving thought to how it aligns with career options. Not all programs are created equal and some have broader career potential than others. Danger:

  1. Switching programs can be expensive due to extra course work that may be required

  2. Feeling unmotivated and frustrated due to a lack of direction and clarity

  3. Graduating with minimal prospects for employment

  4. Drop out