Choosing a course may or may not play an important role in one’s profession later on. However, it is necessary a student settles for what he/she has passion for. Program selection requires careful consideration.
Jumping into a field with zero passion or being inefficient in some subject should be one of the things a student should weigh first before making a final decision. Failure to do this may turn out badly. Often times, wrong choice of study is being triggered by pressures from parents/guardians, friends and poor mentor-ship.
Prior to coming to university, the only course subjects you have experienced are those taught in high school.
Of course, a student can be guided in career selections from parents/guardians, guidance councilors etc, but it is important, that the student is not compelled.
If you still don’t know what course to go for, try these out:
- Talk to faculty, friends, family and other students about their careers and major choices.
- Evaluate your skills. How well do they match your interests? Narrow down your choices by doing research into different areas.
- If you know you want to be in the Sciences but are unsure which specific major to go into, use your first year electives to try out your options to help you figure it out.
- Connect with senior students or review student program testimonials
- Review Academic & Study Skills Resources and Career Resources
What are you interested in? Studying subjects of interest to you means you will be more likely to enjoy your time at university, be more focused on your learning and potentially achieve higher marks.
Where do your strengths lie? Assess your strengths and understand the skills and abilities required by various programs. Choosing a program that aligns with your strengths increases your likelihood of academic success.
What courses have you done well in? Assess which courses you did well in (high school or university), look at programs in those subject areas.
Is a Co-op or Joint Program right for me? This will enable you to gain on-the-job experience while studying.
What are the career opportunities available with this program? Who are the major employers in the course you want to study? Are graduates of this field easily employed? Assess your skills, interests and values.