Teens more realistic about higher education

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Students considering college are more prepared than they were five years ago and often consider how difficult finding a job will be or what the pay in their career field will be, school counselors said.

Before the economic downturn, Greenwood guidance director Bill Ronk and Whiteland counselor Dave McMillan were used to seeing students who wanted to go to college but either were undecided about what to study or had plans to earn a degree based on their interests, such as art history.

Now, more students have started thinking about potential careers while they’re still in high school. They’ve researched jobs, such as in the pharmacy field or in engineering. They know that, to get jobs in those industries, degrees from schools such as Butler University or the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology can help them.

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