Choosing a Course in College

High school life is almost over and college life is waiting for you! A college student’s life is quite different from the high school days. However, before getting excited on moving on to the next level, think it through, what will be your course in college?

One of the most difficult decisions facing leaving certificate students is what course and college to choose. Going to college is much more than just preparing yourself for a career. The trick in making college major choice is narrow things down as you go along. When choosing a college you should consider the following:

Self-assessment

Know your Interests

It is very important that you know your interests. The more interested you are in a subject, the more likely you are to study it and achieve a strong result. What do you want? Is there something that you really like doing or you’ve always wanted to get into? Is there something that resonate the very fiber of your being?  If so, that maybe the choice meant for you. In cases where you really don’t know, don’t worry – guidance counselors in school will be able to provide you with access to different interest tests.

Consider your abilities

You will most likely succeed in a field that you are good in.  You can begin this self-examination by looking at the courses you took in high school. Figure out what kinds of majors are suited for people with the talents that you have.

Know what you will be looking for in a career

If you are interested in a certain career, do some research to see if a particular course is essential, or will give you an advantage. Research the careers you have an interest in to ensure your career will meet your expectation. Check to see also what professional recognition and exemptions you are entitled to.

After a thorough self-assessment realistically evaluate your options. For example, do you want to become an accountant but you don’t like numbers or math? Also consider the career path you’ve chosen. Does it require postgraduate or not? And are you willing to continue studying after your course? Investigate the entry requirements of the course you have in mind and carefully evaluate it.  Knowing what you want and the figuring out what you will be looking in a career will definitely give you a head start and clear idea of what course to take.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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