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College Career Paths Don’t Always Play to Students’ Strengths

When you chose your career path, did it play more to your strengths or desires? According to a new study, The careers that high school students think they want to pursue don’t always match up with their academic strengths and interests.

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These decisions can lead to higher college costs by forcing students to switch majors or even transfer to a different school, as Caralee Adams explains on her College Bound blog.

The report, “College Choice Report: Preferences and Prospects,” comes from the Iowa company behind the ACT, the college entrance exam.

The report found almost 8 in 10 students who took the ACT identified a college major they planned to pursue. However, almost a third of the students who took the ACT chose a major that didn’t suit their interests.

The results point to the need for more and earlier counseling, according to ACT officials, who told Adams that counselors need to help students find their passions.

You can read the full report here.

How did you decide what you wanted job you wanted to have? Did you end up going down that career path? Comment below.

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