The task of getting a course that fits you might be enormous when you have no counselor to put you through while in secondary or high school. This might be due to some factors you need to consider when choosing a course to study at the university.
For instance in Nigeria, after a student has completed his JS3, he is expected to proceed to science or art or commercial class. Because it is at this point you will know whether you are to study a science course, art course, commercial course, etc. A student that is not well informed might miss the opportunity to get it right at this point in his life.
Someone once said that the course you study can determine your earning power, and also, the subject you choose at university can advance or limit your career path. And for this reason, I have decided to write on how to choose a course of study in the university as a way to help students that have no certified counselor in school that can put them through.
How to choose a course of study
- Be informed on the available courses
The first thing to do is to know how many programs are available in the area you want to focus on. It will be difficult for you to choose rightly if you don’t know the available courses you can study at university. For example, if you want to study a medical-related course, you must know the available medical courses in your desire universities.
- Be Passionate
Oprah Winfrey said “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Also, Steve Jobs alluded to the importance of passion when choosing a career path by saying “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
The next thing is to look at the course that resonates or interest you out of the available programs in that area. For instance, a student who has been presented with medical-related courses might resonate with studying Nursing science at the university.
Passion is the inner guide that navigates you to your place of best fit in life.
- Proficiency in the subject area
A student must know that before he can study a course he must be proficient in some subject areas. For example, if you want to study engineering, you must be proficient in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.
A Student that is not sound or isn’t ready to learn these three subject (Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry) shouldn’t bother going for any engineering course at the university.
The above point is important because to gain admission into any university you must have satisfied all the requirements of the school which include having credit passes in all relevant subjects.
- Prospect of the course
You need to be informed on the prospect of the subject you choose before going ahead to earn a degree in it.
A researcher carried out a survey and he concluded that the subject you choose at university can advance or limit your career path and can determine your earning power.
It is pertinent to let you know that the prospect of a course can be determined by geographical location. For instance, some courses have no prospects in Nigeria but have it in the UK or US. So you need to find out those courses that have good prospects in your location.
I will like you to ask yourself this “what is the essence of studying a course that has no real value to offer your immediate environment?” the prospect of a course is in the value it offers to the people and the environment.
- Employability rate
One of the reasons why there is high unemployment rate is because some graduates study some certain courses that has low employment rate.
A course with high employability rate is a course with high relevancy in the society.
Like I have said earlier, the value and the relevancy of the course must be a factor to consider when making your choice.