Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. They could see their future-self clearly, narrating through the career pathway to their dream job. While some others need a little nudge and guidance. Maybe you want to go to medical school but don’t necessarily want to be a doctor. Maybe you love drawing but aren’t sure how to incorporate that passion into a career. Or maybe you just haven’t found anything that sounds interesting yet.
Don’t worry, we are here to help you. There are some important questions to ask yourself and a few things to consider:
The most important question is to ask yourself: What do you want to become? It’s okay to not know the answer right away. There are other questions that are equally important too!
Do you want a high paying job or it does not matter as much? Do you want to do something that requires you to travel or do you prefer to stay in one place? Do you want to work in an office or do you prefer field work? Do you want something hands-on or something less active? Do you want something challenging or something safe?
Once you’re done with answering some of these questions, let’s move on to some deeper questions: Does the course or job suits your personality? Do you have the passion and are really interested in that field? Will you be happy in the future with the certificate and job they entail?
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
2. Commitment & Ability
Choosing a program is a major decision. It’s a decision that will affect the coming years of your lives. Once you have sketched a beautiful exciting future for yourself, it’s time to build a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure (your future). Rome wasn’t built in a day, the same goes with your future. There will be commitment, hardship and sacrifice involved.
In order to have a strong foundation, you need to check if you have the right materials to build it. The first important question is whether your academic performance meet the program entry requirements. Are there any other eligibility criteria to be fulfilled? Once you have that confirmed, it’s time to get started.
The first big commitment is time. An undergraduate or postgraduate degree takes years to complete. Do you have to take time off from your other plans to focus on your studies? If so, are you willing to commit 100% of your time? What other sacrifices do you have to make to pursue your degree?
It’s no big secret that higher education costs a lot of money. Here comes the next big commitment – finance. Are you or your parents bear the financial requirement for you to pursue your degree? Psst, remember to check if you’re able to get scholarship or apply for a loan to ease the financial burden a little.
This is probably the most difficult of them all, the journey towards your future. University life is never easy and definitely not the same as high school. It’s going to be hard at first and you will probably feel like giving up but once you’ve gain the momentum, you will be unstoppable. Remember, it’s never been about the destination but your journey in life – self-discovery, independence, time management, etc.
3. Future Employment
Obtaining a degree certificate will certainly be a stepping-stone for your future career. However, with the ever changing economy, social trends and technology, it is best to do a little research on the job growth in your chosen field. The key is to find out whether it will be in demand in the next few decades. It will be frustrating to see your years of hard work go to waste if your chosen field is no longer relevant or the number of graduates outweigh employment demand.
While it’s true choosing a program is your ultimate decision but it is also undeniable that the people around you play an important role as well. Different social and cultural norms do sometimes affect your choices as well. Are you parents supportive of the program chosen? Will your future career fit well into your community?
“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” – Emma Stone
If you are still unsure about making the right choice, it’s alright. We’re here to guide you. Speak to one of our education consultants today to discuss your choice and thoughts.