If you’re about to choose a degree course, then you might know exactly what you want to study, and what you want to do after you’ve graduated. Alternatively you might not know what to study.
Here’s how you can decide which undergraduate course is right for you.
1. If you already know what you want to be when you leave university, or what sort of area you want to work in, you can then determine what you need to study. Perhaps you want to be a vet, or a primary school teacher, or design cars, or be an accountant cours particuliers maths.
2. If you haven’t decided what you want to be or do, then you might want to think about what you are good at. You might be good with languages, or numbers, or children, or be able to take charge of a situation. Which degree courses would suit you, and what could you do after you’ve graduated?
3. By knowing what interests you, you can make some informed choices as to what sort of degree you’d enjoy. If you’re good with numbers, yet hate doing maths, then a maths course probably won’t be right for you. You might enjoy music, but not be able to play an instrument, or enjoy art but not be able to draw. What about seeing if there are courses that include your interests?
4. You might have hobbies that you could turn into a living with the help of a degree course at university. You might enjoy fixing computers, or making music or short films, and could see yourself doing this professionally, rather than having a more traditional sort of career.
5. Perhaps you’ve had weekend or summer jobs that you’ve enjoyed more than you thought you would. Could you see yourself working full time in that area? What degree would you need to study in order to get into that field?
6. Even if you don’t know what you do want to do, you might know what you don’t want to do. Perhaps you definitely don’t want to work with languages, or children, or don’t want to do something business related.
7. If you know friends and family who have been to university, or who are working, then they might be able to advise on what sort of degree you might do. Perhaps they’ve don the course that you’re thinking of, or know people who have, and so will know whether you’re suited to it. they might be able to suggest another subject or career that you might be interested in.
8. What does your career advisor think? Depending on your interests, likes and dislikes, and what you might and might not want to do for a living, a career advisor can help you decide what areas you might want to study and what your career could be. If you haven’t spoken to yours yet, why not book an appointment?
9. You might choose your course by browsing through a university prospectus, and seeing an unusual course, or something that stands out to you. It might be a course that you would never have picked normally, or one that’s perfect for you, and so you might surprise yourself as well as your friends and family.
10. Whatever course you choose, you should be able to change it if you decide that it’s not for you. You don’t even need to stay at the same university if you’d prefer to do a different course elsewhere.
Now you know how to choose your degree course, perhaps now is the time to make your choices and decide what and where you want to study.