I went with my wife to have her course reservation at the Mindanao State University of General Santos. A printed notice on the door of the OSA building caught my attention and really had me surprised – a list of courses that were already closed due to a lot of reservations.What is it then to me?One of the courses posted was my own course which I knew for how many years was a course which most students avoid – BS Mathematics.While waiting for my wife a man walked in and stood roughly at the center of the hallway. Everyone looked towards him as he begins to talk with quite an authority in his voice.I knew he was once a dean of the Agricultural courses, I just don’t know exactly what his position is right now. He mentioned a lot of courses where already full and further applications are to be denied. He encouraged the students to take courses that are currently in demand.”DOLE right now is looking for Agricultural related courses” stated the man as he further gave reasons how important it is to select a course that would give you a higher chance to land a job.Courses such as Civil Engineering and Accountancy produces a lot of graduates every year which makes it even harder to land a job with so few vacancies. He mentioned other stuff but it was very obvious from his words that choosing a college degree may affect your chance of landing a job.After hearing his speech, I met a student applying for a 2 year course while his score was valid to take a four year degree. I was so moved to talk to that student the disadvantages that he was facing if he would pursue taking a 2 year course.In the end, he changed his mind and took a four year degree for his college life.I realized how important selecting a college degree is and I’d like to share these points that may help you in choosing yours.1. Don’t choose a degree because most of your friends took it.2. Don’t choose a degree that you’re not sure about – in most cases it ends up spending 10 years in college.3. Check courses that are currently in demand by visiting your local DOLE or go visit their official website.4. In demand courses are not like cellphone brands that change every after a month or two. They remain in demand for a couple of years until the number of graduates fill most of the vacancies.5. Don’t choose a course that is not in line with what you are good at. If you don’t do well in math then don’t try taking Engineering or Math related courses. You may be able to finish it if you have the perseverance but you will also have to accept the fact that it may take you years to finish and more money to spend.6. Never let anyone push you to decide on a degree. Try to gather inputs, comments and reactions but never base your decision on a single idea just because that person is someone you look up to. In some cases that may work but for most it leads to a disaster.7. Choose a course that will make you want to go to school. If you fail on a lot of your subjects because you made the wrong choice, that would be very frustrating and the domino effect will just be so devastating.To be very honest, the answer is not from someone or something. It lies inside the student and he needs to find the answer because nobody knows you better that yourself (except God).So congratulations to the graduates of 2013!