5 Financial Classes to Take to Prepare You for the Real World

5 Financial Classes to Take to Prepare You for the Real World
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    College courses are critical for planning a future.

    Each course is quite expensive so many students avoid taking extra courses outside of their major.

    However, if you are thinking about saving money now, there are a few financial courses you should take during college to prepare you for the real world.


By George Gallagher

These are not your basic home economics courses that teach cooking skills, but rather true financial planning courses you will benefit from no matter what degree you obtain.

Take a look at a few suggestions for college courses that can actually benefit you well into the future.

  1. Take a course in basic personal finance. It will teach you how to develop a budget and to manage your income. It will also help you to understand credit, retirement planning and the basics of balancing a checkbook. If you did not take a course like this in your senior year of high school, take it in college.
  2. Choose a course such as an introduction to business. Understanding how business works, even if you are not planning to start your own business, can help you to be successful. It can also give you the necessary information you need to gauge decisions businesses make.
  3. A micro economics course can also be helpful. It will teach you how the economy works and will ensure you have the tools you need to prevent a bad economy from hurting you. By understanding economics, you can better understand how the world operates.
  4. A basic investing course can also be a good course to take in college. You do not need to take a course that is about a specific type of investing but rather a 101 course that will teach you the basics of various types of investing, how to do it, limitations, tax laws and how to gauge returns. This type of course can help you to plan how to build your financial future through good financial advice, even if you end up hiring a financial planner to do the actual investing for you.
  5. Finally, consider a career planning course. Many students spend a significant amount of money on introduction courses to college without having any idea what they want to be. Avoid this which can be a waste of your time and your money. A career planning course can be an ideal place to learn where you want to go and how to get there. It is also a good tool to help you to see more options.

Taking college courses that focus on life after school, no matter what degree you choose, is going to be very valuable to you. Take a look at some of the options you have in courses from your college. Which ones can enhance your future just by taking them? If you are unsure which courses are good options for you, consider talking to a school counselor about your needs, desires and ideas to find out what is recommended for you. Often, just a look at course options can be helpful.

Author Information

George Gallagher is a personal finance blogger and works with cuStudentLoan, helping parents and students find the best options in their search for private education loans.


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