Some people may apply to university knowing exactly what they want to study and some students are always faced with a variety of courses or subjects to choose from and aren’t very sure.
The choices you make on what to study will affect you later on in life, therefore take the time to understand the kind of person you are, the market you would like to venture into and what you are good at.
The whole process of choosing what the right career or courses for you can seem daunting because your future seems to be at stake.
Students only focus on some of the important aspects when choosing courses and they tend to forget there’s so much more as equally as important that needs to be taken into consideration. I will offer a few suggestions on how to go about you application process mostly based on what I have learnt:
- Remain open-minded in all you do, open to any possible outcome. Attend as many college and university open days and visit university websites of your choice (at least 5 different universities).
- The courses you choose to study will determine your career opportunities, so you don’t want to limit yourself to one field. Instead do the several subjects that will make your skillset desirable and the market place. Although mixing across faculties is not always easy in South African universities.
- What kind of person are you? Do you love numbers. sciences, art or music? Try to be as honest as possible with yourself and don’t hesitate to ask for help from your high school teachers or parents, because they have watched you grow and know what you are good at.
- Concentrate your mental power and energy on what you love and are good at. This will allow you to perfect the skills you are naturally good at and easily be the best at.
- The world of work is changing rapidly, and most jobs have to be invented. Focusing on just one or two things will narrow your thinking. You need to choose a path that will set you up for the best future, where you can create jobs for others and are open to all kinds of possibilities.
- Try to stay away from seeking comfort instead choose courses that will expand you socially, intellectually and spiritually. At the same time do something you are genuinely going to enjoy.
by Wezi Ginindza