Picking the best course is a key step to securing a successful future. The stress you feel as a student in the admission process is compounded by extreme pressure to choose the ‘right’ course before you even step onto a university campus.
Some people have always wanted to be a surgeon, a teacher, a dentist or an engineer, so choosing a course is rather simple. Others tend to choose their third-option course just because they are not certain on the grades they will obtain and universities’ cut-off points, rather than on their particular capabilities and interests.
The effect is that a considerable number of students regret taking certain courses after discovering that they have started on courses that may not serve their future aspirations. For most, however, there is simply no sense of direction in choosing from the variety of available courses.
Here are 3 steps designed to guide you to choose the right course;
First, consider your character, principles, interests and skills.
Before you walk to a shop, you normally have a reason and you have something in mind to buy. So like a course, it is required of an individual to be self-aware on their personality and interests. The first is to find an answer to the kind of person you are. This process starts with assessing yourself using several mechanisms in order to reveal what excites you, what kind of person you are, what values you appreciate and which skills you possess. When you are able to figure out these things all together, you can help yourself figure out what courses will be good matches for you, and you could learn something that will surprise you.
This process will help you decide which course best fits you. If you find the right course at the right university, you will be forever motivated to succeed.
Second, research courses and universities.
It is important to make a list of courses to explore and then research each course before you attempt to apply. Entervarsity has made that easy for you, simply start here for courses and here for universities. Graduate friends and others at the university can be a best source of information and support. You can also rely on someone who is already studying the course to give you great insight from a student’s perspective. You can avoid a lot of stress if you take the time to find out the content of the individual subjects. This way you will know exactly what lies ahead of you.
The good news is; you can change a course in your first year. If you decide to change course, you will have to repeat 1st year in the university and you will also pay the full cost for that repeat year. Avoid this!
In your research;
Identify the courses in which you are most interested and some alternatives.
Make sure you meet the subject-specific entry requirements, for example do you require Biology, Geography or English Literature?
Finally, don’t forget to get advice from a university course guidance counsellor, if any.
Third, match your choice with your aspiration.
At this stage, you are practically planning your career. You will decide which course is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and what you can do with your chosen course. This will entail looking at the pieces of your life to date and the years ahead. Consider your interests, hobbies, skills, and talents, both academic and personal.
Now, take action. Complete the application process. Read the requirements for the programme more thoroughly, details of which are outlined in the Course Information section on this website.
It is indeed a big task to choose the right course and it is important to get it right as it can impact your future success.
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