Choosing the right degree and university

14 Nov 2019

Graduates For those with a particular career mind, such as medicine, law or accounting, choosing a degree may be a simple, straightforward process. However, for those still not sure about their career path or future job, the possibilities nowadays are endless, and with several degrees on offer from a variety of universities, picking the right one for you may sometimes be tricky. 

Assessing different undergraduate qualifications

The type of subject you tend towards will generally determine what type of qualification you’ll be working towards. The most popular option for aspiring graduates is a Bachelors degree. A Bachelors degree can range over a multitude of subject disciplines; including the arts, history, languages, law, business, IT, health and environmental sciences, among many others. 

The majority of Bachelors degrees are completed over the course of 3-4 years, and will include various methods of assessment including examinations, assignments and possibly practical coursework (depending on the field of study chosen). 

Several degrees will also offer students the opportunity to spend a semester or year studying abroad, undergoing a student exchange program. Find out why spending time studying abroad is beneficial here

Other routes for higher education include higher diplomas or foundation degrees, which may be the more suitable option for those who wish to spend less time studying, and more time dedicated towards practically mastering their skill. 

Choosing your degree

For aspiring teachers or doctors, lawyers or journalists, engineers or accountants, choosing a degree is no task at all. But for others who may have not yet discovered a career they are passionate about, choosing the right degree may be puzzling. If you are still at odds with which degree is the one for you, asking yourself the following questions may be a good starting point: 

- What do I enjoy studying? 
- What subjects have I excelled at in the past? 
- What job do I picture myself doing in the next 5 years? Is it one related to a field of study I have experienced before? 

If you still are not sure about your choice of study, there are a number of external facilities which can be of assistance - peaking to a career counsellor would be a good place to start. There are also a number of websites which offering job matching tools as well as job profile descriptions and personality tests in order to find which career path is best suited for you. 

Finding the right university 

Once you have picked your preferred area of study and your desired career path, the next step is choosing the right university. There are a number of thigs to consider before making this decision, including: 

- The cost of the university 
- The city or town the university is based in 
- Methods of teaching and assessment at the university 
- How a qualification from the university is recognised around the world 
- The university culture; student diversity at the university 
- What extracurricular actives are offered on campus 

Attending open days and university fairs and visiting different university websites to compare student packages is a beneficial starting point.  Other options which will help you pick the most suitable place for your tertiary education choice include subscribing to university newsletters in order to stay ahead of course updates and faculty events.