Are you still struggling to decide whether to further your studies or continue working?
This guide aims to help you identify whether studying is the right step you should take in order to achieve your objectives. Furthermore, by the end of these 10 steps, you should be able to decide on 2-3 courses that you would like to study eventually.
1) Decide on what career you want
If you want to get promoted or need a break from your career, it is likely that you are clear about your aim in the future. Steps you should take:
- Think about the knowledge gaps between where you are now and where you want to be
- Talk to your employer about which courses are relevant and may improve your career
- Does the career you want to pursue require specific qualifications?
If you want to start a new career or gain a qualification, you may not know what you want to study yet.
Steps you should take:
- Identify the skill sets and experience you currently have
- List down 5-6 subject areas that you are interested in
2) Mode of study
Every University has different modes of delivering content to students, whether it is on a project basis or through theoretical knowledge. You should consider if the industry you would like to enter requires you to have a strong foundation in theoretical knowledge or needs Industry experience in order to be well regarded in the industry.
3) Narrow down your options
Once you have gathered all the information, it is time to narrow down your options to 4 or 5 courses. You should list down the pros and cons of each course, based on the research you have done as well as opinions from your parents and peers.
4) Assess if you are eligible
Once you have identified around 5 courses that you would like to study in, the most important thing would be to assess your eligibility to enter into the course. Some courses may have higher entry requirement such as MBA.
Once you have decided what course you want to study, simply, submit an application.