It can be quite challenging to find a place (or course) to study if they are uncertain of what their ideal future career is, or perhaps they have no idea at all as to what to do with their life after secondary school. That’s why we are here to help you to answer your worries.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO STUDY

 

Choosing your course

  • What you enjoyed at school With a wide range of school subjects available in school, you may have one particular subject that you enjoyed the most. If that is the area you are interested in then why not choose that as a course in University?
  • What grades you achieved in exams: You may have a few subjects that you have done particularly well in. You could progress into university studying those subjects based on the grades you have achieved thanks to your hard work!

 

  • Specific career in mind: If you already know which career you want to pursue in, then all you need to do is to find out which university degree you need. In the UK, it is not imperative for graduates to work in a field related to their degree. This mean graduates can work in another industry that does not relate to the degree they earned. Therefore, if you have achieved your degree but do not want to work in that area, then you can take your degree and work in a completely different field!

  • Attend Open days: Going to Open days is a good idea to find out more about those universities that you are interested in to study. For many of these universities in the UK, you will need to book in advance to secure your place. As each universities are different, their dates for their Open days are unlikely to be on the same date! So check on their university website to find out more. Remember to take the opportunity to ask the staffs about any questions you have in mind.

  • Read course content: If you have doubt about which courses you should study then you should read the course content available on university websites or prospectuses. It will tell you what you will be studying in that course during your 3-4 years in university. You should also research into it by asking people on forums if you want to know more, ask ambassadors of the university, or speak to a friend or family members.
  • The location of the university could be one important factor to consider when deciding where to study. Furthermore, the decision to apply for a specific university could be based on what to university is famous for. Search on the web to find out which university you could study in near you or try out our portal for free to see latest scholarships that suit you!

Alternatively…

  • Do a short course: While in secondary school, you could do a short course in college to gain a qualification. Ask your guidance teacher or a careers adviser for information. If you have enjoyed it and want to pursue it as a career then you could choose it in university and achieve a degree.
  • Work experience: During fourth year of secondary school, many school pupils will have the opportunity gain work experience at a field of their choice. This could be something you liked doing and want to do as a career. On the other hand, you could experiment around to experience working in other industries to find the right career path for you.
  • College: You could go to college to study different courses and gain a diploma if you are unsure what to do. This will give you an insight of what those courses involve. You can then proceed to study for a degree a course at university.
  • Year out/ Travel: Take a break after school to go travelling or working to decide what you want to do. You don’t need to hurry to make a decision right away. Universities are not for everyone. Just because your friends are all going to them does not mean you have to follow the same path. Be who you want to be and take as much time as you need. You don’t want to end up working for a job you hate!
  • Apprenticeship: Perhaps you want to work your way up. You can apply for many apprenticeship schemes available in many large organisations.

 

It is okay to feel unsure of what you want to do or where to study. Many people experience the same thing as you do. Just remember to ask for help and talk to someone who has the knowledge to help you to make the right decision.


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Shahriar Aziz Aakash

CEO and Founder of ISNPO | Project Executive of ISNPOEd | Founder of KeyLearns | A Social Entrepreneur

3 Comments

SHANMATHI RAJAGOPAL · October 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

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