Sunday, 24 January 2016

CHOOSING A UNIVERSITY COURSE


Deciding which university course to study is definitely not a decision that should be taken lightly for several reasons: 

- You will be spending a considerably large sum of money. 

-Three years of your life will be dedicated to this one area of study and you don't want to waste that previous time studying a subject you have no care for!

You should pick a degree course that you are passionate about studying not simply because it will make you a lot of money or there are plenty of jobs in that field.  Even if there are not tons of jobs in that area, if you are creative minded you will find ways to make a respectable living.

Pray. Ask God to reveal to you what course would be the right fit for you. 

It is really important to explore your options and see what is out there for you. Career websites such as Prospects and National Careers Service are great as they offer you information regarding job descriptions, skills & qualities you will need and even case studies from people in a range of career sectors.

Vocational vs. Non Vocational  

Vocational courses are those that lead to a specific career i.e nursing, dentistry, law, teaching) etc. This type of course is great if you are 100% sure there is a particular field you would want to pursue after you graduate. On the other hand, if you study for a law degree for example, this does not necessarily mean you have to pursue a career in law. 
There are still transferable skills you will gain which can use for other fields but these courses are often tailored to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in that specific field.

Non-Vocational courses are the opposite to vocational - these are not career specific such as sociology, history, geography, science. 
They are just as great because they are often more widespread meaning that there is no one set path that you are expected to follow, which allows for plenty of freedom to explore other careers.

Many universities offer combined courses (called joint honours) so if that is something you are interested in, that is always an option too.


Question and Research 

It might help to take some time away to ask yourself questions which may help to identify where you might want to head. Write down these questions & answer them:

What subjects did you enjoy in school?
If you could do anything for the rest of your life and not be paid, what would it be ?
What subjects did you do well in ?
Is there anything you are  passionate about ?
What are your strengths & weaknesses ?
What can you envision yourself doing in the long term future?



Go on to different university websites and RESEARCH course modules. Carefully read the module content on the university site as these will form the basis of the entire course. What you think it is about may not actually be what the course is entirely about. Do not t decide on a course based on other people's ideas and experiences. It is so important to have knowledge and understanding of what it really contains otherwise you may be in for a big shock when you start in September.



Additional Tips

- Ask other students about their experiences from courses you may be interested in and see if they have any advice to pass on to you.

- Have a think about the subjects that you were good at and genuinely enjoy (ed) during your younger years as well as sixth form/college.



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