Know How to Choose a Subject for Higher Studies
- Mar 27, 2017
After basic schooling is over and you have enjoyed your holidays, it is time to choose your course for higher studies. In many ways, this choice will define how your academic career will further shape up and the jobs you may be offered in future. This choice of subject(s) should, therefore, be considered with care and due importance as it is your first step towards deeper learning. It is the route towards a comfortable professional life in a field you probably had an affinity throughout your academic education. Considering the following points may help you to make an informed and well-thought out decision of choosing your branch of higher studies.
Extent of Knowledge
It is always a good idea to opt for subjects that have interested you during your schooling days. Choosing something you have little or no idea of will be detrimental to your efforts of excelling in those subjects later. The best route is to find out the extent of coursework needed, the levels of difficulty you need to overcome. The depth of knowledge imparted to subjects during higher studies is at a much higher level than your schooling courses, so it pays to be prepared accordingly.
Reason behind Your Choice
Make sure you are not making subject choices based on external influences or reasons. For example, choosing whatever your friend group is going for, without taking into account your affinities, caliber or abilities in the subject(s) is not a good idea. Always consider what you loved studying during schooling years or have done well in the past. Don’t let others decide what subjects you should take up for higher studies, as these may be something that doesn’t interest you or you are just not good at it.
During the course of your choice of subjects, try to find out the opportunities that stem after completion of the course in near future. This is important as you are aware of the kind of practical applications or at least the industries which accept people from your branch of specialization. Conversely, try to avoid areas of studies that have little opportunities in the terms of job offers, unless you want to remain in academics or choose the life of teachers.
Feedback and Suggestion from seniors
After you have selected your subjects, locate someone already undergoing the same courses. They may be someone from your family, or a friend’s elder brother or sister and request them to share their experiences during studies. This exercise will provide an in-depth and actual account of the kind of work needed to be put in, focus areas of the course and other practical difficulties. Also, find out professionals who have successfully made the transition from being a student in your chosen subjects. Professors in these subjects may also offer pertinent insights in this matter.
Institutions Offering the Course
The quality of the institutions offering courses in your choice of subjects is also important. Along with the distance from your home/current residence, this factor may influence your ultimate decision. In case you need to relocate, analyze whether this will be beneficial in the long run. Consider the future benefits of joining the course vis-à-vis the current discomforts and sacrifices you need to make.
Similar Courses offered with Better Opportunities
Even after careful considerations and joining your preferred branch of study, it might happen that you want or need to change your subjects later for personal reasons. While this is not an ideal situation, choose a reputed institution that offers this kind of shift in your academic career. Have a list of alternates prepared in case of such an eventuality and check for the best options among them which may offer you the maximum opportunities later.
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