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Graduating compulsory education can be such a liberating experience. You’ve finished your final exams, you have received your results, and it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. However, many of us can find being in this situation rather daunting too. After all, it’s the first time in our lives that we have full control over what path our futures will take. Sure, in the final years of compulsory education we may have gained a little freedom in deciding what courses or classes we wanted to take. But now it’s time to whittle down our options to just one area of specialism that could determine what we do professionally for the rest of our lives. That’s a whole lot of responsibility!
It’s not all too surprising that many of us feel hesitant or intimidated. But not to worry. There are a whole host of things that you can do following compulsory education, but it would be nigh on impossible to tackle them all in just one post. So, for now, let’s focus on pursuing higher education. Here are just a few different things that you can do to help yourself enrol on the right course in the right institution to meet your wants and needs.
Choose Your Course First
So many people tend to place complete focus on which university or college they want to apply to. This isn’t all too surprising. After all, so much emphasis is placed on different universities being superior to others. We’re going to want to land a position at an institution that is as high in the league tables as possible. But you really should focus on finding the right course to suit your needs first. After all, there’s no use being at the best university in the country if you’re enrolled on a course that doesn’t cater to your interests and won’t help you to enter the field of work you want to engage with. There are so many courses out there that there’s bound to be something that caters to your wants and needs. For some of us, the decision will be simple. If you want to become a marine biologist, you can take a marine biology course. If you want to become a doctor, you can take a degree in medicine. However, other areas aren’t so straight forward and don’t have specific degrees tailored to ultimate job roles. Take trading as an example. You don’t generally get degrees specifically focused on trading. Instead, you might have to look into business finance and business administration, economics, or computer science and statistics. You can then make use of software from CMC Markets alongside your chosen subject to practice trading and apply the general knowledge gained from your course to your more specific area of professional specialism. As you can see, choosing a course can be relatively difficult, so give yourself sufficient time to come to the right conclusion before taking any further steps.
Choose your institution second
Once you’ve decided what course you want to take, then you can decide which institution to apply to. So, why such emphasis on choosing where to study after settling on a course. Well, an institution that is renowned for its teaching and research in one area may not be so well known for its teaching and research in another area. You can’t determine which university or college will best suit your needs until you know what you want to do. Rather than browsing general league tables, take a look at subject specific league tables. This will give you the opportunity to build a better picture of what each place can provide you with. You can also start to see which professors teach your given course at each institution. If you’re particularly impressed by a particular professor and their work, you may want to choose the institution that they work at in order to study under their supervision.
As you can see, the process of figuring out what to study and where to study in pursuit of a degree can be relatively long winded and difficult. However, it’s more than worth putting the effort in at this stage, as securing the right place can help to ensure that you have the best university experience and that you have no regrets further down the line. So, start thinking and searching as soon as possible!