Gaining The Competitive Edge In The College Admissions, Internships, & The Workplace
Competition is all around us whether in high school, applying to college or getting ready for the workplace. Competition can be good or terribly disruptive impacting students' confidence and in some cases mental and physical health.
Students in high schools should be comforted by the fact that there are over 4,000 colleges in the US and there is a good fit for anyone who is interested in pursuing their further education. If you choose the route of an IVY League school or even well sought after State Colleges (that offer reduced college tuition for instate students) it is important to understand what you are up against.
Most schools will offer you a guide post for qualifications and gaining admissions data is a simple search away. By properly preparing and investigating your true passions and skills, tools are available to help you better match up your grades/scores to the programs that will allow you to reach your specific goals.
This is also true in the workplace. Competition is fierce in some industries, like Medicine, Law, Computer Engineering ect. Internships are a great way to get a leg up on the competition while allowing you to test drive your true area of interest. Gaining employment by converting from an intern to a full time employee is a great pathway for success.
Competition can be positive but we are learning more and more. It is putting too much pressure on students or employees. Desperation might sink in as students get closer to graduation (your college loans coming due 6 months following graduation) and some students pursue the first opportunity to come their way.
We are learning that this has an impact on the dramatic uptick in depression, despair and general unhappiness. This can also lead to poor health and even in some cases suicide.
The bottom line is there is always something right for you but you need to find the time and discipline to research your options and prepare for the hiring process.
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