Choosing the right course at University can be a real challenge as it’s a big commitment that will affect your career and life for years to come. There are so many different courses to choose from so where do you start?
How long does it take to get a Bachelors?
The average course lasts between three and four years whether you are interested in studying for a Bachelor of Content Marketing or a Bachelor of Music Production. Some courses such as law take longer, with an average completion time of five years. Studying medicine is one of the longest courses you can do with four to six years of study for the bachelors but then your post graduate on top of that lasting between three to five years.
How do I know if it’s right for me?
Unfortunately there is no way to know that you are going to be 100% happy with the course you pick so it helps to do as much research as you can beforehand so that you can make an informed decision. Some of the things to consider are:
Post degree employment
If you are looking at digital content courses then make sure you consider what kind of job that the course may lead to when you graduate. Can you see yourself working in an office from 9-5 everyday? If not then perhaps that Bachelor of Content Marketing you were looking at isn’t as appropriate as you thought – employment in marketing (especially anything digital based), will of course end up in an office environment in front of a computer for a large portion of your day. Perhaps you prefer the idea of working outside? In which case, even though you have a keen interest in music, maybe music production courses would also be taking you in the wrong direction and you should look at courses that are more geared up for outdoor life after university such as a Bachelor of Agriculture & Forestry or a Bachelor of Marine Science.
What does the course entail?
Unless you are choosing to study a core subject such as English, Maths or Science, it is quite likely that you won’t have come across your chosen subject matter before. Have a look at the course content and the modules of study. Use the internet to find out more information about each individual module – do they sound interesting and exciting to you? Don’t worry too much if there are one or two modules that you don’t like the look of – as long as the majority of them are based around subjects you want to learn more about then you should be able to cope with one or two each year that aren’t so great.
The right university
If you can visit the universities that are of interest to you then do! Of course this is easier said than done if you are wanting to study in another state or country, but try get a feel for the institution by studying their website. Take a virtual campus tour, read up on what the Alumni (previous students) have said about their time there.
Be sure that they are also the right university for the course you want to undertake. If you are wanting to study a bachelor of music or other music, audio and sound related courses then you should look towards an institution such as Collarts who can be found here. Reputation is a big deal when it comes to higher education. However if you were wanting to study engineering then perhaps another institution who is known for their great engineering courses would be better suited.
You should also look at what kind of clubs and societies they have and make sure that you are happy with the facilities the university offers to support your course. Consider whether you would prefer to be close to home or further away – all are considering factors when choosing a course and new home that you will both enjoy and ultimately, end up graduating from!