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6 Tips To Choose The Right University Course

Selecting a University course can be the most difficult decision to make for a student who is just out of college. The options are endless, each one of them having its own pros and cons. Thus, it is important to put the right filter and get a clear picture of what to do. The decision is not easy and thus here are some tips that will help you choose the right university course for yourself.

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There are two broad steps that will land you to the right university course. These are:

• Choosing the right course
• Choosing the right university

The decision that sounds too complex and difficult is actually not a tough one if right things are done at the right time. There are things that you should do and there are things that you should not when thinking ‘What should I do?’ So, it’s time to deck up and prepare yourself for some intense research and ask yourself some important questions.

Step 1: Choosing the right course
There are many ways to decide the right course for yourself, but the decision to make is which one is suitable for you and will yield something fruitful for you. There is no right or wrong, different people suit different things. Here are a few things that you can do will save you the trouble.

Tip 1: Question Yourself!

If you are one of those who have no idea where to go, do not worry. You can easily come to a solution with a simple self-analysis questionnaire that will help you decide what is that you like and dislike. Try answering the following questions:

• Which interests me the most? 
• What is it that I can study for next 3-4 years 
• What sparks the creative side of me? 
• What is it that I would like to turn into a profession?

After answering these questions, you have applied the first filter and will come out with a few numbers of options that still toggle your mind. Do not worry, going forward you will be able to make up your mind and choose what is best for you.

Tip 2: Analyze Each Option Carefully

Search and Research! And again search and research! It is important to analyze every option that you have in your mind. Checkout every source that you can find including the web, newspapers, television and most importantly the people associated with the subjects. For an easier way, pen down all the options you have in mind and try finding out the pros and cons of each course individually. Balance out and then decide which is the best.

Tip 3: Get to know what is in store?

Knowing more about the course is a filter that further refines your choice. Before coming to the decision, it is also important to know what lies ahead if you choose a particular course of study. Get to know the course content of the courses short listed and review the outline for each course. This way you will be able to know which subjects you will have to study as the part of the course. Say for example you have short listed MBA with specialization in marketing, you should know that before pursuing the specialization, you will have to study other subjects like finance and HR for the first two semesters of the course. You can then ask yourself if you are ready to do that.

Tip 4: Know what are the prospects of making the selected course your career? 

No doubt that interests matter, but going forward it is very important as well. Before picking up the course, get to know about some important factors that might help you make a decision. Factors such as income, career growth, job security and stress should be given prime importance. Also get to know as to how many employers look forward to hire professionals with specialization of a particular course or what are the chances of being an entrepreneur with your study material.

Step 2: Getting to the right University

Tip 5: Know if you’ll get through?
Be honest and decide for yourself if you are capable enough to get into the top universities that offer the course you have opted for. If yes, go ahead and apply enthusiastically. If not, look for other options that will make it easier to get in. It is important to sustain the course you get in and some universities make it pretty hard. Once you complete the course, you are ready to make opportunities for yourself and make a future for yourself.

Tip 6: Know the University
Most importantly, know where you want to study. A lot of this depends on the course that you have selected. So knowing what to study still leaves you with quite a few options of where to study. Some parameters that can help you decide which university you should choose are:

• The size of the university: It’s not about the length and breadth of a building, but it’s about knowing the student/faculty ratio. 
• Know the way the university designs its courses and goes about it. Some subjects require a thorough practical knowledge rather than complete theoretical. Make sure the university allows you to learn everything that is necessary 
• Try to get the feel of it. It is beneficial if you can visit the universities on open days and know the views of students already enrolled in the course. This will give you an insight about the methodology and the environment of the university.

For a decision like this, it is very important to be prepared. Take a sufficient amount of time before you coming to a decision of what to do and where to go.

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Written by guest blogger Shashank Gupta.