Each course is a unique mix of many different ingredients — from the subjects covered, to the campus location, to the career it leads to. Whether you’re still considering possible courses, tossing up between two fields of study or have no idea what kind of career you want.
Sometimes when students are unhappy with the chosen course or country, they withdraw from their studies in the very first year. We do not want this for you. Considering that every course and university is different, and that students have their individual preferences, here are four things you should consider when choosing the right course:
1. Strengths and goals
Spend some time to reflect on your interests and skills. This will put you in a better position to figure out what courses will suit you.
You can start by choosing a field that you are interested in, and from there, think of a course that will match your skills, values and personality type. For example, if you are interested in the health care industry, courses on offer include nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, aged care and pathology.
Create a list of courses to explore and research extensively on each. You can source information on the internet, through online programs and prospectuses offered by the different universities or schools. You may also reach out family and friends who’ve had a taste of international education for primary guidance.
Take the time to visit college websites to explore not only the subjects included in your course but also to find out the content of each module per subject.
3. Career Opportunities
There is little point in pursuing a course unless it sets you up for a successful and fulfilling career. If changing your career path is the reason for studying, it is crucial that you take into consideration the kind of career you wish to pursue.
4. Time out
Taking a break can be a good option if you have the resources to do so. You can use this break to travel, gain some work experience, and figure out what career is right for you. This allows you to have some time to weigh up your options and make a more informed decision.