The choice of career you decide to pursue will have a great impact on the quality of your life in the future. Since we spend about 70% of our waking time on our careers, it is very important then that you put a lot of thought into your career choice and this begins with choosing the right tertiary course. Your university degree serves as the foundation for your future career so it is advisable to get that foundation right in order to save yourself lots of frustrations in the future. Here are 5 tips for choosing the right university program;
- Know Yourself
You need to know yourself to choose the right courses. What are your future aspirations and goals? What are your interests, strengths, and weaknesses? What do you want to do with your life? What problems do you want to solve with your life? Write down the answers to these questions and use them as a guide in selecting your potential courses.
- Read & Research:
In our part of the world, reading is not a popular habit. We tend to rely more on hearsay than on conducting necessary research for ourselves. This should not be the case with such an important decision as your tertiary courses. There are a lot of courses and opportunities available today but you will not find them unless you search diligently. Read the course description, the courses details and the future prospects of students who study the course. (Examples)There are opportunities for students to study abroad, opportunities to get scholarships and funding etc which are waiting for the serious searcher to find.(Find Opportunities) Through this process, you should narrow down on the potential courses
- Take your weaknesses into account
This might seem like encouraging you to be mediocre but from experience, it is very good and practical advice. Remember, your university degree is just a foundation. Some students are tempted to choose courses because it sounds elegant. Eg. Engineering, Mathematics etc. If these are the areas of your strength, by all means, go ahead. But there’s nothing to be gained by choosing an engineering course when you have failed in science and maths all your life. At the end of the day you want to pass and graduate so choose a course related to your strengths and interest and give it your best.
- Decide where you want to study
I believe the decision of ‘what to study’ must precede ‘where to study’. But if you are constrained by finances, location and time, then you need to consider where to study before choosing your course. For example, if you are working part-time, then you have to be looking for a local institution or one which offers online/ distance-learning programs. So check out the institutions you are interested in.
- Get advice
It’s really important to get advice from people ‘who’ve been there and done that’ when you are applying for particular courses. Talk to a career expert or a university graduate and ask their opinion on your course combinations. Studentshubgh also has a number of mentors ready to help you choose the right course. Request a mentor Here
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