Choosing the right course is a big decision for many students and it is important to get it right, as it can impact on your future career success, however, nothing is set in stone; if you do not like the course you are doing, then change!
The key thing you must remember, and as the cliché goes, make sure you
choose the course that you are most passionate about. The biggest
mistake students can make is taking a course that friends or family
have pressured them in to. The reality of student life is that you can
never really know what a university course entails until you are
actually undertaking your subjects. So Pogojo has listed the essentials
to help you choose the right university choice.
What interests you?
the fields of study that interest you, and come up with a list of
courses you would consider studying based on those interests. Think
about the subjects you enjoyed at school and if you know of people that
have an awesome job that you think you would like to do, then use these
examples to come up with your list of courses to study.
Internet, newspapers, television and people around you are the best
sources of information. Make sure you jump online and ask around about
what course(s) you are interested in. Importantly, your study should be
aligned to your career goal and it is a great idea to speak to people
who are in the profession you think you want to work in, to ensure it
is what you really want to do.
if you are thinking of a doing number of different courses, you will
never really know what is involved until you speak to people that have
done the course you are considering or are in the jobs that you are
aiming to get.
People who have completed university
courses can give you insight from a student’s perspective - they can
tell you the good, the bad and the ugly. You have to make exceptions
sometimes, as not all courses are glamorous and interesting. Reality
tells you that university is inevitably about studying and graduating,
it’s up to you to incorporate the fun and positives while you’re there.
avoid making mistakes, make sure you review the course outline of the
course(s) you want to apply for. Have a look at the subjects you must
undertake and the types of learning, assignments and examination tasks
involved. This will give you a dose of real study life and what lies
ahead. Then ask yourself, is this really for me?
you are set on going to a particular university, don’t let this wholly
dictate your course selection. Compare course outlines and studying
facilities between universities to make sure you get the right fit for
your educational needs and preferences. Pogojo agrees that campus life
and positive university reputation is essential, but you need to make
sure that you are fulfilled with what you are about to study inside the
lecture theatres and tutorials, before you go out and party on campus,
participate in sports and bathe in all of the other university perks.
If possible, visit the university and sit in on some of the lectures to
get a feeling of what some of the subjects will be like.
be certain that you will commit to your studies, find out how many
years your course requires completing. Studying full-time is a
different spread of workload compared to part-time students, and the
same goes for those studying for double-degrees, honours and so on. If
timing an issue for you, then be sure to factor in course duration.
Pogojo also thinks that it’s worthwhile looking at study course
duration for similar courses at other universities if you don’t have
luck with your first preference. Study flexibility varies amongst
It is more
difficult to be accepted in to competitive courses, especially those
where there is high demand for places in. This is a good measure of
whether you are actually capable of doing well in the course or not.
Unfortunately, some courses are too hard to get in to, or just too hard
to actually succeed in completing, so be honest with your course
selection. Again, you should research other universities or similar
courses if you are not confident in being accepted into your first
preference course. Alternatively, if you are determined to go to a
particular university but can’t get in first go, then study a similar
course at another university and apply at a later date.
Cost of study
is another important point you need to factor into your studies, as
well as the additional costs that pop up as you go along, such as text
books, field trips and so on. But don’t let cost get in the way of
course selection. There are a number of financial assistance
options available to help you get the finance you need to complete your
course. Look at your income stream and plan how much finance you need
to complete your course. Base your repayment options on what you can
afford, so that you do not spend too much time worrying about money
whilst trying to complete your course - study is stressful enough as it
is! It would also be remiss of us not to mention how you could make
money by uploading
your course work onto the Pogojo website!
at the potential for work opportunities once you graduate. Research the
industry that you would like to work in both here and abroad and the
types of roles on offer based on your qualifications. It is also useful
to know whether a future employer will continue to invest in your
education - at Pogojo, we believe in lifelong learning as a creed!