While choosing a course that suits both your interests and requirements, many of us are bound to get confused and there’s nothing worse than picking the wrong line of education and either regretting it later on or having to switch after wasting an entire year or more on something that no longer holds any consequence. Therefore, it is best to try to get your future in line in the first shot, and for that there are a few easy steps that everyone must follow.
1. Does the course you have chosen suit your interests and passion?
The first and foremost question that one must answer before selecting a course is whether the course goes along with your passion. Doing and studying about something that you love and are passionate about, increases your chances of success in the given field exponentially. Most times, the students in the Indian populace choose courses that are in accordance to their parent’s suggestion or interests rather than their own. Even though this may seem like a better option initially, I warn you, if you choose a course that you’re not interested in or doesn’t match with your hobbies even slightly, then the problems that will come your way will be solely your own. So pick something that you know you’ll enjoy studying and will be able to do well in, convince your parents if necessary, it’s your own future after all.
2. What is the Earning potential of your interest?
Salary and job opportunities are two vital things to look into while choosing a course. It is foolish to pick a course where, if you don’t make it big it might leave you struggling every day to pay your bills. A lack of job opportunities also leads to the same helpless situation as can be seen in modern times with the abundance of jobless engineers in the metropolitan areas.
3. Determine the areas of life you have been most successful in
Sometimes, the areas of life that we are successful in vary drastically from our passions. We may be passionate about something but our capabilities lie in something else and in such situations we must choose a career which suits our capabilities in order to maximise the chance of success in the future.
4. If you can’t decide on a specific interest then pick a broader course
Having newly graduated from school, many students have no clue regarding their future plans and aspirations and hence, choosing a highly specific course at such a time of indecisiveness is the worst decision one could possibly make. Therefore, you should opt for a broad course that can be further specified after a post graduate course or even without.
5. Where is this course available?
Another thing to look into is the availability of the course of interest in a college that is suitably located to your requirements. For instance, some people prefer colleges in vicinity, but if the course isn’t available then you may have to tweak your preferences in order to meet all your requirements. Also, it is often seen that courses which are less opted for are available in only selected locations, so if you’re looking for an out of the box course, then the chances you’ll get the university in a preferred location are lower than general courses.
6. What is the cost of this course?
Cost and funding is an important factor while judging whether a course is the right one for you. More of the lesser available courses have higher cost requirements and hence lower popularity. Also, studying abroad is something that many brilliant students chuck due to the high cost for tuition and residency. Government colleges in India generally offer easily affordable courses but the problem arises in private institutions which offer an increased variety of courses but at a higher cost.
7. How will you pay for the course?
Many students in India have their education funded by their parents, but the problem generally arises when students decide to go abroad. In such situations, one must look up suitable scholarships and student loans or other funding options that may be available for the specified course.
8. Research upon the Financial Incentives available
Many times, there are special fee reimbursements or financial aid schemes which are associated with certain courses or universities. While selecting a single course from a group of similar options or while selecting an appropriate university, it would be more plausible to select the course or university which offers any sort of financial incentive along with it.
9. Look up the career options in the given course
A course does not necessarily mean a career in many situations for, not all courses are equal. Sometimes, in order to build a career in a specific field, you must add more than one course to your resume and hence spend longer years in the educational zone. Therefore, it is important to try to map out all the steps you will have to take in order to build a satisfactory career for yourself and choose the proper path to do it.
10. What is the work load like?
Though this may seem like a minor point to consider while selecting the appropriate course, it is actually quite important. Often, the workload of a specific course leads to lower rate of success and decrease in interest and such a situation is better avoided than encountered. Therefore, research upon the course must be conducted and the work load should be matched as per your capabilities.