Choosing a university course is just as important as choosing the university itself. Sometimes future students have troubles deciding which course to choose (especially if they have many interests and are passionate about many subjects).
We’re here to help you! Here are some tips that can make your choice easier.
Ask yourself the right questions.
One of the most obvious questions future students ask themselves is “What do I want to study?” It is definitely the right question; however, it’s not the only one you need to ask.
Some people do like various subjects but later find themselves unable to work in a certain field. If you like some subject, this doesn’t mean you’re ready to dedicate your professional life to it. For example, you may like reading a lot, but at the same time, an editor job isn’t your dream job at all.
It’s very important not to confuse your hobbies with your true passions, which you can turn into a brilliant career later. To distinguish one from the other, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I ready to spend the next several years learning this subject? Will it still be interesting for me then?
- Do I want my future career to be related to this subject? Will I enjoy it?
Moreover, some interests are so broad that one is able to choose from the huge variety of courses. For example, if you like writing, you can study screen-writing, journalism, literature, marketing and so on. To make a right choice, you have to think about your other interests too, as well as about perspectives: maybe you like movies and so choosing a screen-writing course would be the best option for you.
We have to keep our possibilities in mind too. Every course has its own requirements and you have to be sure that you meet them before applying. Moreover, if you want to study something completely new and unfamiliar to you, it can be very hard. You should ask yourself the following questions before choosing an unfamiliar subject:
- Do I know enough about the subject? Am I sure that I’ll be able to master it well?
- What’s my reason for choosing this subject? Do I choose it because I really want to learn it, because of the career, because of someone else who inspired me?
Think well and don’t be afraid to turn to more experienced people for help. Talk with friends, parents and career advisors to learn more about your subject of interest. Read forums, try finding people who study the same subject and ask them questions, and so on.
Let’s assume you’ve finally chosen a subject. However, the work doesn’t end here. Now it’s time to move to the next stage of the whole choosing process.
Do a lot of research.
Choosing a subject doesn’t mean that you’ve chosen a course too. Different universities have different course programs and while some of them may look appealing, the others may seem completely uninteresting to you. Read all programs carefully to decide.
Moreover, teachers matter too: some of them are the best in their field of knowledge and some are quite ordinary. Before settling on a certain university learn more about the teachers there, maybe even talk to them if possible. Try talking to the students too. Visiting university also helps a lot: go there on open days and try to ask as many questions as possible. You’re choosing your future, that’s why the more information about universities you get the better.
Remember about career options too: a nice, thorough research will help you to understand them more clearly. Graduates of some universities find work faster than graduates of the others, so you may want to consider this as well. It’s also good to know what diplomas are more appreciated by employers.
Though you need to choose a course taking your interests and passions into consideration, you have to be pragmatic, too. Don’t limit yourself to one option: always keep a few more in mind. Apply to a number of courses: this way you’ll have a backup plan even in the worst case if you don’t get into your dream university.
As you see, choosing a course is all about combining your passion with research and pragmatism. We hope you’ll succeed in finding the right one for you!