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How to Choose the Right Degree

It's not always easy to know what qualification you should be signing up for, and it’s normal to feel stressed out about it. However, here are some ways to help you make the right choice.

1. Focus on Your Interests

You spend so much time trying to gain high scores at school so you might be tempted to focus on what subjects you excel in rather than what you actually enjoy. However, this could cause you to feel dissatisfied during your course, with the result that you might not complete it. Make sure you choose a degree that you can do well in but also one that makes you feel interested in it.

2. Learn About the Field

If you are interested in a specific field, now is the time to learn more about it before you sign up for a course. You can do this in various ways, such as by doing extensive internet searches into what you can expect, asking friends or acquaintances who are working in the field that interests you what their daily jobs are really like, and so on. This can give you valuable and detailed information about a career in the field. You might be so interested in a specific career, but then realize that it’s not really that exciting on a day-to-day basis.

3. Consider Your Needs

What is it you want to gain from a career in the field that catches your eye? Is it status, lots of money, or do you want to make a difference? Has it always been your dream to have a career in this field or are you only interested in it because all your friends are keen on it? Dig deeply into what you are hoping to achieve with your career and ask yourself if you can picture yourself doing this in ten years’ time. Although your needs might change, following a career choice you feel strongly about is your safest - and most exciting - choice.

4. Think of What Jobs You Will Gain 

Doing a degree in Classics where you study ancient Greek and Latin worlds definitely sounds enriching, but what possible employment will you be able to gain from this qualification? Do research into what career opportunities will be available to you. The whole reason why you’re studying is so that you can have a degree to strengthen your possibilities of a stronger career. And the results might surprise you. For instance, did you know a Classics degree can offer jobs in art museums, law, the civil service, and journalism?

5. Remember Your Personality!

Your personality has to match your chosen career some day. Ask yourself if you are academic or sporty, if you like working with people or alone, if you love the environment or can see yourself in an office job, if you are business-minded or creative. Understanding your personality characteristics is an important part of choosing the right course to study and career. If you’re not matched to it, then you won’t be happy or able to sustain it. 

 

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