If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone. Let’s go ahead and take a look at some considerations you should look into, and how to select the course which is right for you!
ASK YOURSELF WHY
Are you in the market because you want to further your career by extending your skillset? If your aim is to move ahead in your current career, then the course you should study should be a natural progression of your existing skills and qualifications. In this regard, discussing options with your employer or work colleagues might help you in making the decision.
Are you looking to diversify or change careers completely? If this is the case, then you’re on a journey which 57% of Australians find themselves in. Some considerations to ask yourself will be:
• What do you want from your career?
• What sacrifices are you prepared to make to achieve it?
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
It would help to expand your network to include people in the field you’re interested in moving to. Seek advice from people who’ve taken the risk, and make sure to set achievable and realistic goals!
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTERESTED IN?
What you want to be interested in versus your actual interests can often get in the way of making the right choice. While input from friends, family and work colleagues can vastly improve your perspective, the answer to this question is one you should come up with on your own.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO STUDY?
It’s more than a choice of colleges. One consideration you might have been intereted in internship and post-graduate employment. You may also be looking for a college which conforms to your expectations with regard to prestige, facilities, or even something as simple yet as important as cost of tuition. It would help to make a short list of the requirements you have, being mindful of keeping expectations practical.
A REALITY CHECK
It would be a good idea to measure your expectations versus what might be expected of you. Do you have enough time in a day to sit through hour after hour of lecture? Is studying internationally going to give you budget issues? More importantly, do you even have the pre-requisite certifications to study abroad?
Choosing the right course can spell the difference between success and failure. It’s a decision that can be hard to make and might require a fair amount of pondering and self-examination, but done right can lead to a wealth of opportunities and personal growth. Always remember that there is value in the advice you receive from others, but at the end of the day, only you can decide on what would be the best course to study.
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