TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE A UNIVERSITY DEGREE THAT SUITS YOU
Decision making is hard, we know. But at some point, whether you are a current or prospective student at a Kenyan or international university, you will have to choose a degree course or major. It sounds quick and easy you just pick one, right? But when it’s your future in the balance, you’re going to want to make sure you put some extra thought into it!
Bachelors degrees are the most popular undergraduate route into higher education, and they span the range of subject disciplines – from environmental sciences, health and psychology, to law, history and anthropology. Most Bachelors degrees last from three to four years, with assessment made through a combination of written exams, assignments and group projects.
So how do you make the right decision? Have a look at our top 5 tips how to choose a university degree that suits you. We may have what you’re looking for.
Tip #1: What really peaks your interest?
You are going to have to study the degree course for three to four years so if the idea of learning about archaeology doesn’t sound great now, chances are it won’t be too fun three years down the line either. Choose something that fascinates you and continuously peaks your interest. Doing this allows you to explore many facets of a subject and makes you excited to do so. You will have to devote a significant amount of energy into the degree course so make sure it is something that brings you joy and fulfillment.
Tip #2: What kind of professional career do you want?
Evaluate the kind of career prospects the degree course will avail to you. Maybe you don’t know what you want to do as a job yet – many people don’t – but research which potential careers are available to graduates in your chosen field. If you are really uncertain about your career, or prone to changing your mind, choose a degree where you can develop transferable skills so that you expand your job options.
For example, courses like education, literature and business could land you a job in a multitude of different sectors whereas something like nursing is pretty job-specific. You also need to assess where you want to settle down in the future. Do you want to be in your home country or go abroad? Assess if your degree has demand in those markets and if it give sustainable income and standard of living.
Tip #3: How do you like to study?
Hopefully you have some idea by now of how you prefer to study. And hopefully the answer is not ‘by sleeping’ or ‘by crossing my fingers as I walk into the exam hall.’ Some people prefer final exams, others like regular assignments to keep them busy throughout the year. Some like theory, others like practical hands-on application, some like to work in groups, others like to work individually. Some like to present their assignment verbally, others prefer to create written reports. Choose a course that suits your study style, and you will be more confident in your success. Or, if you want to challenge yourself, choose a course that will take you out of your comfort zone!
Tip #4: Where would you like to study?
This tip is broken into 2 parts. Part one, which institution is renowned in the quality of education it provides in your preferred degree course. The fact is not all degree courses are treated equal in most institutions of higher learning. Resources are allocated to different faculties at different proportions and investment in aspects such as research is crucial to different courses. A degree in Law is of higher priority at Harvard Law School than a degree in nursing. Same goes to Kenyan institutions of higher learning.
Part two, It’s also a good idea to ask yourself: where in the world would you love to live for a few years? This is an opportunity to learn a new language and a new culture, make new friends, and experience a different way of life. And if you’re happy in your life, you’ll be happy in your study.
Tip #5: How about a massive dose of REALITY
Now that you have found your dream course, let’s just stop a minute and make sure it’s realistic. Can you afford the tuition fees, possible flights, visas and cost of living? Do you need to have certain qualifications first – English language proficiency, GMAT scores? Don’t get discouraged – a pathway program may be all you need to cross those hurdles. If this really is your passion, prove it in your scholarship application and you may get some financial help.
We hope we have been of assistance with our top 5 tips on how to choose a university degree that suits you. Feel free to take a peek at our other interesting blog posts. SMILE, you have a bright future ahead.