How to Choose the Course or Programme to Study
Advice for Applicants: How to Choose the Course or Programme to Study
We have found it better to share some experiences and expertise regarding the application process to higher education programmes. My concern is especially directed to all form six applicants of whom many of them have been dilemma to what courses should they apply as per their future prosper.
In regard to this post title, a form six students is fully mature enough to make decision, but when comes to issue of academic arena it is different as longer as education has a limitless knowledge. It is this fact which has made us to share this article.
Remember, joining the higher education programmes is the way forwards to someone’s future. Normally the course a students undertake determine his or her fate. In that sense, a students should be carefully keen to select the course to study. It is this reason that has made use to take this chance to build students fate of which many of the form six students are related with.
To hit directly to the point, if you are a form six students and in the process of sending your application for higher learning institutions studies, you must in all ways adhere to these 5 advises which may make you select the appropriate programmes as per your plans.
1. Select the programme which fit into your future life plans.
As for every one of you has his or her life plans, is advisable to undertake studies which normally correlate your plan. For example, if you want to be a psychologist, you should pursue the studies which are related to psychological issues like; school counselling, experimental psychology, etc. This is because many researches show that people who study courses of which relate to their life plans and preference normally work hard as for that situation becomes a catalyst and motive to that particular something being life plan.
2. Select the programme which you are capable with.
Sometimes, a student may like to study a course due to influence from friends, media, government policy or any other external forces, without considering the ability he or she has to that programme, he or she may end up cutting off his or her dream due to failure in pursuing the courses of the programmes. So, ability should be checked in selecting the programme to pursue. To know your ability, it is better to view programme requirements, and preview the courses undertaken to that particular programmes. You can do this by visiting institution website and browsing the courses offered, asking experts, asking students who have already gone the study, and other ways to know contents of the programmes you think could suit your needs. The ability discussed here base on intellectuals.
3. Choose the programmes that can prepare you to employ yourself.
As it is known that, many graduands suffer unemployments. Under this point, if you are applying for higher education studies, focus on the programmes which may lead you to self-employments. Self-employments has been put on emphasise by different entrepreneurs due to notion of unemployment which is taking over. Take a simple survey, read books, articles, attend business seminars, and any other means you think may enable you be informed wholly in self-employment. After that, make selection as per your discovery.
4. Consider connection when selecting the programme.
Some students choose the programmes of which connection on that programmes miss. Remember, you need to create the connection in all aspect in relation to the programmes. For example, you can not apply for law programmes while you do not have any connection (friends, relatives, close people, etc) that can link you before, during and after the studies. If you like journalism, it is expected to have even a single phone number of any journalist or any mass communication related person. This is sensible, because many job applications need referees, sponsors, etc. Also, connection simplify job seeking process easy (to get information about the programme you like to apply for.)
5. Do not decide the programmes to apply within the short period of time.
You need to give yourself at least a week to make decision of which programme to apply (study). Remember, your future starts to mould since the application moment. There are several examples of the continuing students who seem to regret of their selection while pursuing studies.
Many students have applied due to the following influences:
(i) Influence to get sponsorship from Loan Board (HESLB loan). So, they apply programmes which have been preferred by the government (HESLB). This has made them to divert from their dreams.
(ii) Influence from fellow students. Some students apply for the programmes because someone (a friend) has applied for it. This has made many applicants to regret and fail their courses.
(iii) Influence from parents and relatives. Some apply for programmes because they have been told by their mere parents or relatives (aunt, uncle, brother, cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, grandparents, etc.) This has ended up creating dependance after studies especially to ask what to do after graduating the programme.
(iv) Influence from media (advertisement, role models, social media, etc.)
(v) Mob psychology. This has become an influence as some applicants have selected programmes because many (mob) applicants have chosen the programme. Some applicants do not have self decision instead they choose what other chose.
we recommend to all form six applicants to take care of the programme selection. Even though the government provide employment to graduands, it is not guaranteed to all graduates. To be employed to career that you are not interested with lowers efficiency and may lead to underdevelopment of an individual. To be employed should be set as the next priority from the first.
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