How do you go about choosing a University Degree?

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Choosing a degree programme is one of the most important decisions any individual can make. More often than not ,a degree programme is what sets the stage for which career or vocation a person is likely to pursue. Career or vocations in turn are tied to fulfillment and or happiness-undoubtedly some of the most valued characteristics of a well lived life. It is therefore necessary that an individual carefully considers what degree course they want to pursue because that decision has a lot of ramifications on the overall progression of a person’s life. In this article are offered a few pointers that a person can use in selecting a degree course.

Select a degree course that aligns with natural abilities and interests.

It is always wise to align one’s education with what comes naturally or is of deep interest to an individual. A person who is passionate about a subject or a field of study is more likely to enjoy the programme than one who is merely dragging their feet along. Before one settles for a course, answering some of these questions will help:

  • Are you good at figures?
  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Are you the academic type?
  • Are you analytical?
  • What sort of environment do you see yourself thriving in?
  • Are you the creative sort?

Answering these questions can help one choose which direction they want to pursue academically. Use can also be made of Counseling services, the advice of friends or tools like the SWOT analysis.

What will the degree cost?

After provisionally settling for a degree course one needs to factor in the costs that would be need to paid to obtain a higher education qualification. First things first ,one needs to consider which University offers the preferred programme that one is interested in.Is the University with the intended programme local or will they be need for travel? How much will it cost in tuition and how long will the course take to complete? Is the programme offered on a full time, parallel, distance or block release mode? On assessing these and other questions one will come up with the cost of obtaining their degree of choice.

What sort of accreditation does the degree have?

Colleges and universities offer different degrees of varying quality! It is in the best interest of a prospective student to take their time in researching what accreditation their preferred degree has. Some degrees are General whereas some are Honours.Some degrees are recognized by the regulatory authority-ZIMCHE-whereas others are not. Finding out answers to these questions will help one make an informed choice regarding their education.

What are the future prospects of the degree?

One also needs to realistically assess what the future prospects of a degree programme are. What are the prospects of landing a job upon completion of University education? Are there opportunities for entrepreneurship and what chances are there for furthering one’s education?

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