At some point in their lives, students can’t help but think about their future and what careers they’re going to pursue. No time is it more significant than today, with the shape that the global economy is in.
The good news is that there are recession-proof careers out there, as well as corresponding college courses to help prepare you to land those careers. Here’s a quick look at some courses “guaranteed” to land you a high-paying job abroad.
A lot of people are into continuous and lifelong learning, so it’s no surprise that SPED and English teachers are in demand. Pursue an education course if you’re interested, but be aware that there may be budget cuts depending on where you go.
Science and Engineering-related courses will come in handy as the people move toward being more environment-friendly. The current emphasis on alternative energy sources is effectively a clarion call for these scholarly people
Law and accountancy courses help produce people whose services will always be needed, regardless of the state of the economy. These days, the field of debt management is a crucial one—someone has to do the work of auditing, preparing reports and helping those in financial need.
It’s about the Service
There will always be people out there who need to be cared for, and this is where nursing, care giving and other health care-related courses come in. Take note that this is a bit sticky: the country has a whole lot of nurses looking to get into the action, so you may not find the demand to be as great as it used to be.
If you prefer a more in-depth, technical approach, medicine is always good, as people are more conscious about their health these days. The emphasis need not be on physical health alone—degrees that work on the different aspects of a person’s well being are also welcome. These include physical therapy, the psychology and the behavioral sciences, etc.
Since everyone needs to eat, having a Culinary Arts degree or a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management will help you to meet people’s needs in a delicious, satisfying way. Between the two, the former may be more practical, as the some people tend to shy away from eating out in a recession.
The Business of Technology and Then Some
Any degrees related to business, entrepreneurship (especially if it has the letters MBA in them), finance or economics are solid plusses in today’s changing world. Effective salespeople will never be without money for long, especially when plenty of business alternatives exist for them.
Lastly, there are foreign companies out there looking for tech-savvy people to design computer networks for them, so don’t write off your IT or computer engineering know-how.
A Word of Warning
You may have noticed that I enclosed the word “guaranteed” in quotation marks earlier. There’s a good reason for this: the world is constantly changing, and what may be guaranteed today, may not be so in the future. In fact, perhaps change is the only real thing that’s guaranteed.
Finally, I’ll leave you with some parting advice: ask yourself what the basic human needs are—things that people no matter what the state of the global economy. One of my mentors once said that if you can help solve someone’s problems or meet their needs, then you’ll never be out of a job.