5 Tips on Choosing the Right Course or Study Program

Applying for college and choosing a degree to pursue is a big decision, not to mention a difficult one, especially when it hasn’t crossed your mind beforehand or if you haven’t thought about it yet. There are many factors on which courses to take. Things like what line of work you think would fit you, opportunities present after graduating, what’s in demand in the workforce. With the broad range of subjects and courses present, it can be nerve-wracking and can send someone straight in the state of overwhelmed panic that may confuse a student on finding the most ideal course available.

To help you save some time, energy, and mental peace, here are some tips that could help you in choosing the right course for you.

1. Filter and research

Scour the internet for choices, or if you already have schools in mind on their provided list of programs, pick those that seem interesting to you. Read each program’s description, research possible job opportunities and what graduates from each major do. Take note that some courses are pretty similar and it is easy to confuse one with another, that is why intensive research is important. It may give you insight as well if you want to pursue that field / industry e.g ICT, Engineering, Healthcare. Is the program located in the best city with affordable day to day costs, are these choices practical. Narrow down your list and consider also the length of programs, realistic budget, student community support, jobs available and your campus of choice.

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Working on laptop

2. Choose a program you’re interested in

Make sure that the field you will choose will eventually develop the skills you are planning to enhance or jobs that are in-demand. Something that feels right to you, a subject that doesn’t bore you, and one that belongs to a line of work that you can see yourself doing for at least five years or more. If it doesn’t give you joy, onto the next choice.

3. Play by your strengths/skills

Everyone is good at something. Just because you aren’t good at math doesn’t mean there’s no hope for you. There are many fields and industries, and there is one fit for you. Consider a course that you think you would thrive in, a field that you know you could contribute to. Choose a program that you know you can thrive in or at least one that you know you can face head-on, with confidence and no fear and will land you a job in no time.

4. Follow your heart

It’s not a rare occurrence that students enroll in courses that were chosen for them by either their parents or that’s the family’s imposition. Of course, they have valid reasons, by heart. But if you can choose for yourself and have the luxury to strive for what you truly want to do, then follow your heart. Do what you love to do whether it be in the field of arts or the sciences. If you are passionate about what you do and strive to be better at what you’re going to be doing, then, sure enough, you’ll be able to prove everyone that’s the best pathway for success.

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Graduate student smiling

5. Reflect

It all comes down to you..

You are the one who will make the decision. This is the beginning of your journey, presenting you with a myriad of choices, and you have to choose well. To do this, you must look within yourself, assess, be practical and reflect. You know yourself best. These are just guides that may help in your journey to finding the most ideal course and hopefully, will help you decide which path to take. It’s confusing at first, but you’ll be alright. Trust your gut, research the best possible options.

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