Choosing a course for university is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a student.
Whether you are a new college student or a returning student, it’s not always easy to determine which degree program is going to be the right fit or provide the best opportunities for you.
It’s important to think about what you will want out of your future career when you are deciding on a degree program.
For example, do you prefer to work in a hands-on, fast-paced environment? Are you an analytical thinker and enjoy problem-solving? Thinking about these topics will help you eliminate degrees or careers that you aren’t interested in and choose a degree that will put you on a path that works best for you.
After you have identified a few fields or concentrations that you are interested in, do some research about each field and look for where there is the most future opportunity. High growth fields offer stable employment and competitive pay. Remember, these figures don’t tell the whole story. If you choose a course because of the graduate job prospects, you may end up on a course you don’t enjoy. Likewise, if the course you want to do has poor graduate prospects, don’t be put off. For many, enjoying a degree is more important than earning money from it.
Your career goals will also help you determine the type of degree to pursue. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for many entry-level roles.
Think about the Entry requirements and grades, Course content, The university or college, Opportunities offered (such as placements, study abroad, industry links), What you’ll be studying for (such as BA/BSc, master’s) and Different study options.
Lastly, it’s smart to choose a degree that has a clear path to a graduate program, so you can continue advancing your education and growing in your career. Many professionals choose to pursue their master’s degrees in order to gain the leadership skills and industry knowledge required to advance to management roles.