Most students at a two-year institution usually consider transferring to a four-year program at some point in their education. The decision to further pursue higher education by working toward a bachelor’s degree is not a simple choice, as it depends upon a student’s goals and current standing.
Attempting to assist students in the process, the National Association of Colleges and Employers discusses the steps to take and thoughts to consider before moving forward with the pursuit of a four-year degree in their publication, Job Choices: 2012.
The article by Rebecca Doak suggests students begin this process by taking personal inventory, which includes considering personal and professional goals and the benefits of a bachelor’s degree. It emphasizes the importance of students understanding their goals and the part that higher education will play in their future.
If a student elects to move forward, the second step suggested is to proceed by selecting the right college and program. Students should consider what type of college they’re coming from when choosing a new school and take into account the number of credits that are able to be transferred. With the option of colleges that offer different styles of learning, it’s important for students to consider which is most compatible with their schedule—a traditional, adult or accelerated program.
Once the decision is made to move forward with enrollment, it’s best to get involved in the school where you can. Network and get to know other students with similar goals and lifestyles. Though it may be a new experience, ultimately being involved and connecting with classmates will help students make the most of their new college life.
To find out more about what steps to take and thoughts to consider, check out the Job Choices: 2012 article, “Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program.”