Don’t wait, act now. It will be Christmas before you know it.
The university college application deadlines follow quickly after that.
And then you’re into exam mode …
Open Day season is now running so;
- Start with what you think interests you most (asking how it relates to your strengths/talents), what you’d like to be good at and/or skills you’d like to acquire – if you’re not sure what you’d prefer just ask your family, friends, take interest/aptitude tests, talk to your Guidance Counsellor
- Decide if you’d prefer a definite/career-focused/applied or a broad/open-ended/academic course
- Find out where you can do it
- Check out their Open Day Schedule for talks & tours – Plan your day using this schedule & map to ensure you get the most from it
- Organise your own visit if your school isn’t doing one – it’s up to you to find a way to get informed
- Review the online course details and jot down anything you’re unsure about – you will want these queries to be answered at the open day
- Share your insights & experiences with your family & friends – this is the bit that helps you clarify your feelings about these choices before you make a final commitment
To help you do this there are many course & career websites – save time by being very specific when researching on unibrowse, qualifax, eunicas, & careersportal, onetonline, etc
Do yourself a favour, get stuck into the task now. Get informed & set yourself a definite goal. It’s time to get ready.
You’ll feel better, more purposeful and in control of your own destiny
It’s your choice – You live & work with your decisions.
Be consistent – if you want something be it Engineering, IT, Arts, etc then put all available courses in your preferred order. Don’t hop from one type to something different as it suggests you’re not sure what you’re letting yourself in for.
Put down your 1st preference – then pick alternative routes to the same end goal, eg if you want Medicine but don’t get it then a good alternative might be BioMedical/Medical/MedLab Science or, Physiology/Anatomy/Biochemistry taken in a broad omnibus Science degree or, a Health Science course. The same goes for other popular courses.
Do check that you meet any special requirements – such as a specific minimum grade in a particular subject. There’s no point in selecting a course that you’re not eligible for.
Do a final check to for new courses in your preferred area – the CAO/UCAS/EUNiCAS post all additions & amendments on their websites.
Remember, decision making is a mix of Information & Emotion.
It’s your choice.