Choosing the right degree course can feel like an immense task, with an expanse of information to take on board. However, with a little organisation and a bit of research the academic world will open up before you; offering a clear path towards invaluable qualifications.
To get you started here are five useful 5 tips for finding the right degree for you.
1. Clear thinking
It’s quite normal to feel anxious when it comes to making your University choices. The key is not to panic and simply take a step back. Make a list of the main subjects you enjoy studying, the ones you are best at and the places that offer degrees in those subjects. Writing things down can really help to organise your thought process and will help keep those stress levels down.
A brain storm may take the form of a diagram, with your main goal, ‘my degree’, at the centre. It may just be a list of ideas. However once you feel more organised you’ll start to feel calmer and you can take your brainstorm or list to people you trust to discuss your ideas further.
2. Passion and drive
To find the right degree it’s important to locate a subject that interests you and that gets you excited. If you enjoy something you’re more likely to stay motivated when you get stuck with something and keep focus during your studies.
However don’t forget that interests will need to be accompanied with good grades and although the two often go hand in hand, this is not always the case. If you don’t have the best grades it might be wise to take advice about alternative options in similar, but stronger subject areas.
3. Research and prepare
Efforts to locate the most appropriate courses, made in the early stages of the process, will often result in less disappointment later on. Students who apply without knowing the full extent of the course material, length of study, subjects taught or mode of examination can end up leaving early.
To prevent this from happening check all choices thoroughly. Using University websites, prospectus information and open day visits find out all you can. Don’t forget to check out what each course will offer in terms of preparing you for employment. For instance look at what on the job training is offered for teaching, computing and nursing jobs, what pay scales are likely in the industry and what post graduate opportunities they offer.
4. Have fun
Whilst the process of choosing a degree course may start to drag, the results are worth it. Remember just what things lie ahead. To spice things up why not check out the activities offered at the Universities on your list. There’s often a huge range of clubs, sports, parties, charity events and competitions to enjoy so the search need not be all work focused.
5. Don’t give up
Sometimes things just don’t work out. It might be the wrong course, or it may be that you find something else more appropriate at another University. Whilst jumping ship at the first sign of problems is unwise, it’s important to recognise when you’re unhappy and when it’s time to move on.
If this happens remember that many employers and institutions look favourably on a student who is determined and keeps trying. There are other courses and options and just because one course didn’t work out there’s no reason to think another won’t.
With these tips in mind, it’s time to get stuck in, start your list and find out what the future holds.
This article was written by John who is currently working with Nuffield Health Careers. Visit them for expert advice on developing your career within the medical & health industries.