The time has come for you to graduate from high school, and finally enrol in your university degree- oh, how daunting. It seems as if your future is crumbling away right in front of you, and you don’t know what to do. Should you: A) pursue the degree that your parents have picked out for you, but you ultimately despise, or B) go for what you’re passionate about and risk never being able to find a job? These are all the questions swimming through your head as you scroll through all the available degrees at your local universities. But fear not! Here are 5 things to consider when decding on your university degree to aid in your choosing process.
1. Consider your choices.
The first step in choosing your university degree is to always look at the options you have to choose from. Whether it be due to financial issues or subpar grades, there’s a possible chance you only have a limited array of choices ahead of you. If you find yourself in this situation, you have to make do with what you have and choose the best degree out of what is possible.
2. Are there any job prospects?
Another question to ask yourself is: will you be able to secure a job? It goes without saying that degrees such as music, fine arts etc. have fewer job prospects compared to a univeristy degree in commerce, for example. It’s always important to keep in mind the possible hurdles you may face after graduating, and how this may affect the university degree you will enrol in.
3. How about your parents’ approvals?
If you come from a strict, traditional family, or an Asian one at that, chances are your parent’s aren’t always so supportive when it comes to univeristy degrees and careers out of the mainstream. Your parents may dissaprove of a university degree in fine arts, or anything other than science, commerce and medicine for that matter, thus further narrowing down your choices. Also keep in mind any other preferences that may be specific towards your own parents, as their views on different carreers may differ from other parents.
4.What do YOU want to do, and WHY?
Passion is always important. Nobody want’s to end up stuck in a dead end job, doing something they hate for the rest of their lives. Ask yourself what do YOU want to do, and WHY you want to do it. Asking why is always important as it’ll serve as a great way to determine whether or not this truly is your passion. If you find yourself at a loss and are unable to answer WHY you want to do what you want to do, there’s a possible chance that this university degree isn’t the one for you.
5. What do you care for most?
All in all, you have to consider what you want to prioritise over everything else. Is being able to find a job right after graduation more important, or do you hold you parents’ approval above everything else? Are you willing to spend the three to four years studying something you don’t like for the sake of your parents, or do you not mind? Evaluate all the aforementioned questions and decide which you think is the most important. By the end of the day, your university degree will be your own decision, and you have to be sure you won’t regret what you ultimately choose.