Now you have to choose a course that suits your needs best. When you look at the huge number of courses and the variety of careers they lead to, it might be quite overwhelming, but we have a few tips to make your choice a little easier!
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Tips on selecting the right course
Know your own interests, dreams, skills, strengths, limitations, experience, goals, likes and dislikes. If you never had the opportunity, get some career counselling or take aptitude tests.
Evaluate the reason why you want to study – Is it to start, change or make progress in a career? Do you want to learn practical skills or pursue a hobby? Consider your current situation and lifestyle. For example, how will your studies affect your family and work?
If your reason for furthering your studies is career orientated, you must know what your long and short-term goals are. What do you want to achieve by studying? Read about specific fields, talk to people who is doing the job or students who study towards it. Find out what they enjoy and don’t enjoy about the career. Remember that every job has a part that is less fun! Take into account that some careers require membership to a professional body and/or demand governmental registration. Be sure to find out what these educational requirements entail. Use all the resources available to you to equip you with knowledge.
Once you managed to narrow down your list of possible careers and positions, make a shortlist of courses that will give you access to it. It might be necessary to speak to someone who has knowledge of the courses and career opportunities.
Make a list of all the questions you can think of regarding the course or courses that you are considering enrolling for. Ask about the duration, content, tutors, support, method of study, examinations, costs, difficulty level, admission requirements, and exemptions for previous studies and follow-up courses. Don’t be shy to ask questions of both an academic and personal nature.
Compare everything you know about yourself, your current situation, and future hopes with the information you found about the career and course(s) on your shortlist. Cross out all the courses that don’t fit into your plans. You might also keep a list of these short courses in case your situation changes. It is always a good idea to contemplate complementing or additional skills that you can obtain later. Now have a look at the courses you have left and choose to go after it with all your heart!
Course comparison template
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