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The key to choosing is having the right information about yourself, about what the course involves and where it will take you in the future.
Don’t underestimate the importance of doing this prep work, it could inform the best decision you’ll ever make.
Knowing yourself; Simply put have you identified what you like to learn; which activities or particular subjects you are good at? Will you be challenged enough with your choice – does it make the most of your personal strengths, skills, talents and aptitudes? Is it really going to help you get to where you want to be in life?
Course information, don’t assume you know it all; Yes hopefully by now you know what you’d prefer to learn and what type of qualification you’re going for. Now make sure that you’re clear on what’s involved. Read the course content thoroughly. Go online for detailed information to be sure you know what you’re letting yourself in for. Be informed on more than just subject names, check out the modules you will be studying, how they will be assessed and if there is a work based placement or opportunity to study abroad – does this match what you want from a course?
Life after the Degree? It may sound obvious but a surprising number of students report that they made the wrong course or university/college decision. They took a course they didn’t like or didn’t really know where it’d take them – what career or postgrad options would be open to them. Check out the career outcomes listed for a course by doing a career specific search. If your degree leads to a very definite career, an example being Dentistry, inform yourself about the ‘life as a Dentist’ – is it what you really want, is it right for you?
Now tell others. To be confident you’re heading in the right direction you need to discuss your plans with the important people in your life. Stating your target to others can help you motivate yourself so you can happily go make it happen.
Know your mind –
How your mind sees the world around you; how you interpret and understand stuff; how you learn best. Try to identify what you’re really good at – can you be specific on the skills, talents or multiple intelligences you love using whenever you get a chance?
Know your preferences –
What you love; what catches your attention at home, when you’re out & about, at work, school or uni/col, in the newsagent or bookshop, the library or on the net, inside or outside. What do you love pursuing, what catches your imagination? What do naturally feel an affinity for or gravitate towards, what do you most like to find out about. How can you translate that into learning for a particular career, job role, qualification or leisure activity?
Know your self –
What sort of things do you love doing, what activities, tasks and experiences make you feel happy, alive or content in yourself; how do you love expressing yourself; what pursuits give you the most thrill, delight or pure satisfaction. Trust yourself and choose to express the real you in what you pursue – the rest will eventually follow.
Have you ever sat down and thought about what you like to learn. Your choices should reflect your preferences. Success depends a lot on being interested, learning and becoming skilled in what you choose to pursue. Your level of interest and skill will be reflected in your ability to understand the problems, learn the jargon and do the tasks involved – you must learn the language of that course/career/job.
There are many kinds of language;
Do we all speak the same language? Each topic, subject, discipline, job or career has it’s own language. Which do you want to use, know and work with?
Act on the wise words of Ludwig Wittgenstein —
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”
Find your language for understanding, knowing, communicating & performing in this challenging and wonderful world.
This way you’re more likely to find happiness, success & fulfillment in what you do.