Choosing the right university course

Monday, October 5, 2015 12:30 PM

It seems easy doesn’t it? Choose your A-levels, get good grades, go to uni, get a job, have a career. But it’s not so easy out there in ‘the real world’: many recent graduates are struggling to get jobs in their chosen industries. The situation is not as bad as it was during the recent recession when graduate unemployment was far higher than it is today, but it is vital that students realise that their choice of university course will have a massive bearing on what will be available to them in the job market, and consequently on their likely career progression and earnings.

Over the next few days we’ll be giving advice on how to decide what to study at university, starting with…

Study something you enjoy

It is of course important to study something that you enjoy and have an aptitude for. We all know that high-flying careers in the Law, Medicine and Finance will eventually bring great rewards (and recent HESA statistics show that Medicine and Dentistry leavers had the lowest rate of unemployment after leaving), but if those subjects do not interest you or you actively dislike them then you should steer well clear, and look instead at the subjects and activities that you enjoy day to day. If you study something you love, you are more likely to get higher A-level grades, and that is the key to getting the uni course you want. And don’t forget, the course you choose will be at least three years long, so don’t chose something you find boring!!

Tomorrow we’ll cover what to do if you already know the subject you want to study at uni.

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