Selecting the right degree is a big decision and one you shouldn’t take lightly. For some people, it can be very simple as they probably grew up knowing what they wanted to become; a Doctor, Engineer or Pilot. For everyone else undecided, the choice can be a challenging one.
Before choosing a course you need to think about the following:
- Where you are now
- Where you want to be
- Which course will help you achieve your goal
To gain a deeper understanding, we asked a number of our students how they picked their course and any advice they would give to anyone struggling with the decision:
- Identify your passion
It is important to find out what makes you tick….because what’s the point of doing something you have no interest in? Studying a subject you have a passion in will encourage you to get out of bed for those 9 a.m classes and be fully involved in the lectures. Research shows if you enjoy your subject, you’re more likely to achieve better grades.
- What motivates you?
Think about it at least twice! Are you sure this is the subject you want to study? Or are you following in a family members footsteps? Remember you are going to spend a significant amount of money and time, so make sure your choice is the right one otherwise you might end up saying you are bored.
- Consider Career planning
After identifying your passion, you will probably know what you want to do for the rest of your life – but will the course enable you to bag that dream job after you graduate? When picking your course it’s important to think about realistic career prospects; what are the job opportunities like? How tough is the market? How likely is it you’ll end up with a job you’ll love? As Confucius says “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
- Get advice
If you are torn between courses and have no idea which to pick, consider getting professional advice. This maybe from people who inspire you, the National Careers Service or the University itself! You will be astonished to find out how helpful they can be and guide you to your perfect career.
We wish you all the best in picking the right course for you!
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