How to Choose a Course

How to Choose a Course

You have finished the final exam. It’s time to relax and enjoy the holiday. But wait… What is the next plan for the tertiary education? What course to sign up? For a few people, they have a specific career they want to achieve. It’s okay if you don’t have an idea what course you want to study in the tertiary education. Don’t feel ashamed of yourself, it’s time to think ahead. These are some ideas How to Choose a Course.

  1. You must be interested in the course.
    • You will be motivated to study if you are excited about the course. You don’t want to feel boring for the next three or four years of your life.
    • You will perform better if you love what you’re doing. A course may lead to a guaranteed high-flying career, you may end up performing badly or not able to graduate if you are not interested.
    • If you do not know your interest, these questions might be useful: What is your passion or what you love to do? What are the subjects you love the most in your secondary study?
    • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life – Confucius.
  2. How much is the cost?
    • Discuss with your parent the budget you have to further your study. Study local or study abroad?
    • Entry into local universities is tougher than private universities. You need a good result to get selected.
    • Getting a scholarship will reduce your parent’s burden. There are many scholarships available. Remember to check the term and conditions; some scholarships require you to work for the company for a specific period of time after graduation.
  3. Career Opportunities and Values
    • If you know what career you want to achieve after tertiary study, the degree subject ought to provide a suitable basis for that career.
    • The career choice may be wider than you think, most of the graduate level jobs do not specify any particular degree subject.
    • What is the earning you wish or the lifestyle you want? You can google the salary range for the specific job.
  4. Personality might reflect what career suitable for you.
    • Energy Style: Introverts prefer to work independently and in quiet spaces; Extroverts enjoy working with others and prefer busy spaces.
    • Thinking Style: Sensors prefer to work with concrete things like people, data, and machines. Intuitives prefer to work with abstract things like theories, ideas and possibilities.
    • Value Style: Thinkers prefer to use their intelligence and lets them excel. Feelers prefer to work that reflect their values and helps other people.
    • Life Style: Judgers prefer organisation and a structured, orderly workplace. Perceivers prefer flexibility and freedom.
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