There is no field of study without its relevance. But the relevance of a course/ programme would be determined by the individual either the person excels in the field or become a misfit.
Selecting a particular course over another is hugely tailored on the intellectuality, preparedness of the candidate. The decision however can be made by him/ her but could be strongly guided by folks, guardian, on career prospects.
In our contemporary society, it’s axiomatic that students go for a particular field of study either from parental advice or simple because, friends debate so much on the field of study.
The stress of venturing into a field with zero interest and end up failing woefully can be avoided. Being obsessed for particular field is paramount to excellence in academics, and the possibility of matching with others in the employment stages is guaranteed.
Although course preference could be a heinous tasks for students seeking entrance into colleges and universities, but the basic line is having interest in that field and be properly tutored. Basically, a person’s field of study could determine his/ her employment status or entrepreneurship prowess.
’re you faced with the challenge of making the right pathway to career selection? Do consider these steps:
So how should you go about choosing a course?
Step 1: Consider your INTERESTS, SKILLS, VALUES, PERSONALITY
This requires the individual to develop a certain degree of self-awareness. This entails asking yourself: What kind of person am I? This process of self-assessment consists of using several instruments in order to uncover your interests, personality type, work related values and skills. It is looking at these things in combination that can help you figure out what courses will be good matches for you, and you could learn something that will surprise you. The greater the overlap between an individual’s interests, aptitudes and personal characteristics and those required by the area of study, the greater the degree of satisfaction when engaged in that area of study. Your Guidance Counsellor will provide you with access to variety of self- assessment inventories. This process will help you decide which course best fits you. If you find the right course at the right college you will be inspired to succeed.
Step 2: Research the courses and the colleges/universities
Make a list of courses to explore and then research each course. The internet, and Careers Portal are excellent online resources) college prospectuses, family and friends are your best sources of information and support. Someone who is already studying the field of study to plan enrolling. A lot of heartache can be avoided if you take the time to look at the college websites to find out not just which subjects you will be studying on your course but also to find out the content of the individual modules of each subject. In this way you will know exactly what lies ahead of you. Discovering that you have made the wrong choice can be upsetting, and expensive. Identify the courses in which you are most interested and some alternatives on which to fall back if you do not get the points for your first choice. Give serious thought to how you will prepare to enter your chosen course: for example do you have the right subjects? There are certain subjects that are essential for entry to particular courses and colleges and it is important that you are aware of these. Make sure you meet the minimum entry requirements. Check out the duration of the course and additional costs such as accommodation, books, travel etc.
Other factors which may need to be taken into consideration include family responsibilities, financial difficulties and disabilities that may interfere with pursuing your goals.
Step 3: self-assessment to a course
During this phase of the career planning process you will decide which course is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and the courses you have researched. This will entail looking at the jigsaw pieces of your life to date and putting them together. Considering your interests, hobbies, skills, aptitudes and achievements, both academic and personal, and identifying certain personality traits combined with appropriate course exploration will hold the key to successful course choice.
Choosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right as it can impact your future success.
Seeking advice from your guidance counsellor could save you some pains.