Things to be consider before pursue your higher education

Homeon9tuition would like to share a very interesting topic, as we want to give you an insight before pursuing higher education. Some people think that it might be too early for students to plan, but we at Homeon9tuition strongly believes that it is crucial to give early exposure to our homeon9tuition students, so that they can set their goal and work on it.

For some students, choosing a university course is easier as they have good parents who can guide them. Indeed, some of them have a good plan for their children. Great parents can advise their children depending on their strength for instance, what is suitable for their kids? or what they want to be in the future? Meanwhile, for others choosing a course of study is not that easy. Moreover, in Malaysia there are so many colleges and Universities offering different courses.

We’ll be focusing on important factors that you should think about when you’re choosing your course of study. By keeping these factors in your mind, you’re more likely to go into a career path that you will enjoy, and experience success along the way. Below are some tips that can help you narrow down your choices, to be able to come up with a course that best suits your education level and career goals.

1. Do What You Love

Passion is everything, it is an important element when considering the right course of study. Why? That what you will do in the future and normally people hired a candidate depending on what you had studied. It should be the first things you consider: What are you passionate about?

Make a list of several of your passions to start narrowing down. Chances are, a few of them will be as practical as they are passion-filled. Finding the right combination of what you love and what is a feasible career can make the entire experience much easier.

2. Who Are You Doing This for?

One of the key to find a course of study that you can enjoy is by make sure you’re into it for yourself. If you’re attending a college or a specific training program for the first time, think about why. Is it because the study is familiar to you? or it might be the same career as your parents are involved with? or some of your friends influence you to do so? or they went into it and succeeded? Have you ever heard good things about an interesting career from people that you trust?

It’s not a good idea to follow in someone’s footsteps. You have to remember your own passions too. Your field of study will eventually determine your career. Choose something you’re interested in, or you might find yourself changing your mind halfway through. It will turn out bad if your lifetime career isn’t actually what you want in your life.

3. Find What You Want Ahead of Time

This is what Homeon9tuition wants to highlight, to make sure our student fee; confident to complete their mission. Proper planning and research always a good thing. Don’t go to school or enter a training program just because you feel obligated to. For example, if you’ve just graduated from high school, don’t go to college hoping to find a career path there. It’s a waste of your time and money. If you’ve been in a certain career for years and are looking for a change, decide on what you want that change to be before you sign up for general classes.

It is not necessary to have a five-year plan in place. But, before you put in the effort of attending classes and spending your hard-earned money, you should have a fairly solid idea about the field of study you’re interested in.

4. What Are Your Motivations?

Some students getting into a field of study because they know that particular career promising a hefty salary. By the way, it is on the other side can be nice to think about. But, it may not be enough to motivate you through years of schooling.

Think about what motivate you to choose a course of interest. Will those motivations be strong enough to get you through several years of training? It’s always a good idea to have more than one specific motivation in mind. It allows you to ‘fall back’ when one of your other motivations may start to fizzle out.It can be your parents, your dream car or your dream vacation.

Motivations and passions are different. You can be passionate about something and still lose the motivation to keep it up. Be sure to recognize these differences before making a concrete decision.

5. Employment Rate and Pay

It is vital that you take a marketable course. Nothing is more frustrating when it comes to studying for years but only to become unemployed statistical graduates.

While it’s great to get into a course of study you enjoy, you should also think about how your career might develop when you’re done. What’s the longevity of the job you’re considering? What does the market look alike? There are multiple resources you can use to determine how your job interest is expected to grow within the coming years. Those growth projections include things like expected salary, benefits, and etc.

The more you know about how your career opportunities might continue to grow, the easier it can be decided. Think about more than just salary when considering how your career will expand. It’s also important to consider how big it is regarding location, and how easy it might be to find a job after completed your higher education level.

6.Your Aptitude

Choosing a college major also entails an assessment of your skills and talents.  You may know what do you want, but do you know what you’re good at? Ideally, you should pursue a college course or choose a college major that allows you to explore both of your interests and skills.

You might have a lot of interest in a particular area of study, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will add up with your personality traits. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How would that play into a potential career? You should also consider whether or not you’re more of a creative, free-thinking person, or someone who likes facts, figures, and concrete methods.

Sometimes our passions may not always be as practical as we may think. Consider your personality when choosing the right field of study. If you’re unsure about some of your own traits, ask a close friend or family members to get better idea about yourself.

7. Feedback

It is important to ask an experienced person about some questions related to university studies. Some people prefer to get counseling to choose a career, they are carefully weighing their choices.

Want to know what to expect from your course of study? Talk to someone who has already been through it, or is currently going through it. There’s a good chance you’ll have very specific questions that only someone who has experienced that major first-hand can answer. Plus, they’ll be able to give you an inside look at what you can expect.

Some things to consider before asking someone with the same course of study include as questions below:

  • What is the workload like?
  • What can I expect on a daily basis?
  • What was your experience after graduating/completing training?
  • If you have any major concerns or thoughts about the particular area of study, not everything can be found online or through a guidance counselor.

Sometimes, going straight to the source of someone who has already been through it can be the best option. It may seem like a ‘casual’ resource, but an individual who was once in the same position can be very informative.

8. Your Academic Performance

There are some courses like engineering that require a potential student to be good in certain subjects like mathematics and science streams. So, before you get excited about the course, asses yourself to see if you can be able to perform well.

9. Finance

If you are self sponsored, consider a course that will not have a financial burden on you. You do not want to be in a position where you cannot continue because of financial constraints.

What are you willing to pay, and what can you afford? The cost will be dependent upon the school, location, and of course, how long it takes to complete the coursework.

If you choose a field that might cause you to relocate, you also need to factor in that cost. Some areas of study can take longer than four years, while some can be completed with training programs in less than a year.

Some people even choose to cut costs by taking courses online. Figuring out your budget for your area of study will allow you some flexibility, and won’t leave you feeling ‘broke’ by the time you’re graduated and ready to start your career.

10. Your Values

Do not choose a course that will force you to sell your soul. If you have a strong will against politics, or religion, steer away from courses that will make you go beyond what you stand for.

Whether you’re entering a school or training program for the first time, or you’re looking for a career change, think about what you value the most. Have you started a family yet? Would you like to one day? Are you more career-driven or salary-driven? Does the particular field you’re interested in is line up with personal beliefs, morals, etc.?

There are so many questions you can ask yourself about your values and how they interact with potential areas of study. Of course, only you have the answers. It can take a bit of reflection and honesty with yourself to figure out how these two factors coincide.

11. Choosing the Right School

If you have your eyes on a specific university even before you decide on a career path, it’s a good idea to make sure that school offers that course of study, or something similar. Having a list of several possible schools is always a good idea, so you can choose the one that best matches your passion. Perhaps your first school of choice may not offer everything you’re looking for, so having a backup on deck can help to alleviate stress when you’re making a decision.

It’s also a good idea to decide how far you’re willing to travel. Where are your ‘dream schools’ located? Are you willing to commute every day, or even make a move to go to the school of your choice? Take a look at the location before making a final decision.

12. Where Are You Currently Successful?

If you’ve already taken any courses, look back on them. Or, think about what you excelled in throughout high school, etc. The courses you did well in were probably classes you enjoyed, too. Consider these successes when you think about the future of your coursework. However, the classes we excel in don’t always line up with the field of study we’re considering, or we don’t give them enough thought.

It’s a good idea to ask experemce teachers or professors about your strengths and successes throughout classes. They may be able to give you some guidance and direction down a path you hadn’t yet considered. It could open up new ideas and opportunities if you’re struggling to find the right field.

13. Know Your Learning Style

Everyone learns differently. What’s important is that you get a firm grasp on whatever you’re studying so you can carry it with you through a career. However, a ‘traditional’ college career may not be the best route for you. Some people prefer a classroom setting, and others enjoy online courses. Some people need a hands-on approach or actual on-the-job experience.

Some courses will dive deeply into hands-on training and give you real-world experience. Others tend to be more research-based. Determine how you learn best, and what makes you understand big concepts faster. Once you’re able to have a firm grasp on your learning style, you may be able to weed out certain course loads.

We teachers from homeon9tuition wish you all the best especially for SPM leavers.