Students with aspirations to study abroad are often seen compromising on their choice of course or subject, only in the haste of getting out of the country.
While many of these students manage to reach their choice of destination to study, many don’t realise that they only partially fulfill their educational aspirations by compromising on their subjects or courses. In this editorial piece we intend to discuss the importance of your passion and how it impacts your future career.
More so, because the secret to a long-term, happy and successful career lies in doing what you enjoy doing the most and all of these depends on picking the right course for self, apart from choosing the right university in the right country.
Additionally, choosing a course and university or college that serves your aspirations will keep you inspired to succeed.
Discussed below are certain guidelines to follow while choosing the right course and its significance in your career.
1. WHY DO YOU WANT TO STUDY THAT SUBJECT?
The foremost consideration to make when choosing a course is why you want to study the subject.
The reasons could vary from wanting to further your career by honing your skills or wanting to diversify your knowledge or change career path completely. In case the former reason is in alignment with your ambition, then choosing a subject that’s an extension of your existing skills and qualifications is the right way to go.
If the idea is to grow further in your existing employment, then we vouch for carefully choosing a course that is significant to your work. Furthermore, taking suggestions from co-workers, employers etc. could aid in making the right choice.
However, if you are being driven by the latter reason, i.e., diversifying your knowledge and changing your career path; studying subjects which can provide opportunities in a variety of jobs would be an ideal option.
However, prior to zeroing down on a subject, it is important for you to consider what career you want to pursue. It is important that you conduct a full-fledged research on any prospective career, as studying can be an expensive affair.
2. WHAT REALLY INTERESTS YOU?
After having answered the question why you want to study, the next question that needs to be pondered upon is what really interests you? What course or subject you choose to study is directly linked to what you are interested in. Therefore, prior choosing a course, you need sit and retrospect what is it that excites you, is it vision of the exciting and glittering career or is it the constant worry of being able to fulfill expectations of your parents.
Questioning yourself and finding answers to those questions would help visualise your path ahead clearly and take a decision with all your mindfulness.
3. TAKE A REALITY CHECK
Following the visceral labour of discovering your real call, consider taking a reality check.
Sit and analyse your decision and figure if you are being a realist. A realistic approach to your aspirations further breaks down the entire process of choosing the right course and university, stepwise. Certain important aspects that need to be factored in are affordability of flight tickets, tuitions and cost of living in those countries.
Apart from these, there are also prerequisites of qualifications such as English language proficiency, GMAT scores etc. to be considered. These reality checks are not meant to discourage you, but to make you aware of the possible hurdles you can expect.
There are various preparatory programmes that prepare students with these requirements. This is also the point where you realistically think about how long you want to study for. There are various study durations for full-time study, for example Postgraduate Certificate for 6 months; Undergraduate degree for 3 years, MA for 1 year and PhD for 4 years.
4. SELECTING THE RIGHT UNIVERSITY
Once you have decided upon the worthiest course and subjects; finding the right university is the next step ahead. Deciding upon a university or college of your choice could be a combination of many variables. Therefore to begin with, make a shortlist of the top three features you are looking for.
Having said that, these features could be anything starting from research facilities, practical experience and internship, cost of tuition, student support services, social life, chance to travel etc. These combinations of variables would differ from person to person and therefore, it is important to identify and answer the question what is important to you.
5. RECONSIDER YOUR PLAN
The last point, which is ‘you can always completely reconsider you plan.’
It is one of the most important decisions that could impact your career and life ahead and therefore, if you are getting second thoughts about it; it is absolutely fine to go back on your plan, because it’s never too late.
Take advice from student’s counselors and check if they have anything interesting to offer. In the whole scheme of things, as concluding note, we recommend you to not spend the coming five to six years gazing at books and forcing yourself to study subjects that do not interest you at all.
Always remember, your career is about your aspirations and ambitions, therefore, keep the zeal alive in you to succeed.