Some people know precisely what they want to do when they graduate from High School, and others aren’t certain at all. If you fall into the latter category, or you have some idea about what you want to do, but aren’t completely committed to a major, these tips can help. Choosing the right degree for you is important, as it will be you doing all the hard work, and finding a career at the end of it.
1 Focus on your passions
With the pressure of finding a lucrative career, many students forget that they should enjoy the degree they choose. Four years (or more) of college is a long time to be studying a subject you don’t enjoy, so choosea subject you will want to focus on for a longperiod of time.
2 Know your strengths
Whilst focusing on a subject you love is a fantastic basis for a degree, it needs to be coupled with a big dose of realism. You may absolutely adore a certainsubject, but your grades may reflect something entirely different. Although it is rare to flunk at a subject you genuinely enjoy, it can happen. Choose a subject that you enjoy and achieve high grades for a winning combination. If your grades could be better, enlist the help of a tutor to determine if, with some help, the subject you love can also be a subject in which you excel.
3 Do your research
You may think you know what career each degree will lead to, but you could be surprised at what jobs can be obtained with certain degrees. Withmydegree.Org is an excellent reference for precisely this, providing extensive information about what you can do with specific degrees.
Attending university is expensive, and although the dream is to move away from home to experience college life in all its glory, staying at home could save you a lot of money. If finances are tight, see which universities are within commutable distance. You will need to consider how important the social aspect of college is to you, and also, if there are colleges in your area offering the degree you wish to study.
5 Compare courses
You may have settled on a major, but remember that courses can differ between institutions. Again, research is key, so look at the course breakdown at each university, and consider how important the facilities will be during your studies.
6 Compare universities
It is not just individual courses that differ, but universities can vary considerably. Look at what activities will be available during your time there, and what clubs, and groups are accessible. Is politics important to you? Do you want to be able to play sports, join a drama society, be a member of a debating society? Consider all these elements before making a final decision.
In addition to giving you the potential to secure the perfect career, University is the place where you make memories and friends for life. Do your research to make the right decision.