Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Choosing your course

This once was a very doubt in my life, actually it still is, and I don't want you to pass the same suffer i'm passing right now ! Hope this helps !

These are 3 steps to help you choosing your course in college.

Step 1: Assess yourself and your interests.
The more interested you are in a subject, the more likely you are to study it and achieve a strong result. This is particularly important at college when you are responsible for your own study. Guidance counselors in school will be able to provide you with access to different interest tests.

Step 2: Think about what you hope to gain from going to College.
Students often say they attend college to secure a good job but one of the myths behind choosing a particular course is that it locks you into a specific career path. The college course you choose is only one of many factors that will shape your career path
Although some careers require a particular course (e.g. medicine), over 60% of graduate employers are more interested in the course result and transferable skills students have gained than the subject of the course.
Employers pay a premium to recruit graduates because of the transferable skills they gained in college. These skills include teamwork, communication, time management, commercial awareness, planning & organising, problem solving, leadership and flexibility.
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To assist students in developing these "employability" skills, a number of colleges have introduced programmes that accredit extra curricular activities.
Others have personal development plans, mentoring systems and internship opportunities in place.

Step 3: Investigate what you will be looking for in a career.
What types of careers appeal to you? Research the careers you have an interest in to ensure your career will meets your expectation.
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. Check to see also what professional recognition and exemptions you are entitled to. For example if you are going to study accountancy compare the exemptions you will get from the professional accounting exams from (all the) different colleges.
If you feel you will not achieve the necessary points to get into your chosen field, investigate other ways of getting in after you graduate e.g. a postgraduate or higher diploma in law or psychology will bring you to course standard in the subject.
However, as stated previously around 60% of graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any field so there is no need to worry if you have not yet decided on a career path. There are numerous examples of zoology graduates pursuing careers in human resources, social science graduates becoming accountants and IT graduates going on to study medicine (for example).
Ask colleges for information on what past graduates are now doing.
Colleges will produce a First Destination Report detailing what graduates are doing 6- 9months after graduation.
This will give you an excellent insight into the full range of options graduates pursue.
The www.gradireland.com and www.careerdirections.ie websites will allow you to investigate different career options, entry routes, progression, salaries, etc.


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