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Use Your Degree in Your Community

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When helping your college-bound student select the right degree, consider their generation. Millennial’s, also tagged the “Civic Generation” by USA Today, are driven by the well-being of others. “This civic generation has a willingness to put aside some of their own personal advancement to improve society,” states Morley Winograd and Michael Hais, co-authors of Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics.

More than volunteer efforts, the right degree can bring career opportunities that are both financially beneficial and philanthropic. If your student is driven by global welfare, consider encouraging a degree that syncs humanitarian interests with educational priorities.

Young at Heart

Making a difference is at the heart of an Early Childhood Education degree. Post graduation, students find themselves molding future generations of well-rounded citizens as teachers, educators and counselors. Sadly, the demand for qualified teachers surpasses the supply of educators in the field leading public school districts to struggle to give students the individualized attention they need. Your student’s degree in education can help affect change by filling in the gaps.

Donating time to help tutor children in the community can help reduce dropout rates, increase government funding for the community and brighten the future for kids who would be otherwise left behind. Organizations like Boys & Girls Club focus on helping children in neighborhoods where families and schools lack the resources to hire more teachers and tutors. Working one-on-one with a child in need while achieving a degree can fulfill a student’s desire to improve society while working toward greater achievements.

Compassionate Caretakers

A degree in nursing helps students make a global difference. More than 1.3 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare services according to HealthCare Volunteer. Programs like Nurses without Borders encourage aspiring student nurses to reinforce their sense of compassion, self-worth and skills by serving impoverished communities across the globe. Many aspiring student nurses choose to make the trip to a developing or impoverished country before entering a traditional hospital setting to learn the ropes and fulfill their humanitarian endeavors. Creating real-life opportunities to learn the trade creates beneficial experiences not only for students but also for all of the lives of children and families worldwide.

Pets are People Too

If your student has a passion for animals, they might consider a specialized degree in the veterinary field. The pet care field offers a variety of pre-degree hands-on experience that benefits animal welfare in conjunction with study programs. Volunteering at animal shelters, joining licensed veterinarians to host a spay-a-thon or assisting at a veterinary office are just a few ways this degree opens doors to animal advocacy.

Online degrees also are offered for vet care and allow flexible options for students juggling volunteering, work and hands-on opportunities as they earn their license. Job options range from providing physical care for abandoned pets in shelters to managing large advocacy organizations. Opportunities in this industry typically promote prior volunteer experience and recommend that those who aspire a career in animal care have experience with charitable animal welfare programs.

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