Before you apply for a course to study, take the time to make sure you choose a subject and an institute/provider that complements your strengths and attributes.
Most importantly, the right course will help you to develop skills for the long term, for your career and personal development. These might include, for example, problem-solving, strategic and analytical skills, thinking creatively, and assimilating new ideas.
If you want to get the most out of your time you should be prepared to work hard. It’s easier to motivate yourself when the pressure is on if you have a real commitment to the subject.
Go to the open days and ask plenty of questions about the course and support services. Chat to students for some honest first-hand experience of studying there. It may seem a hassle if your university/college is far from home, but the train ticket to visit is cheaper than dropping out after one term.
While you are researching, you’ll come up with all kinds of different criteria to judge a university or course by. So make a shortlist of the top three features you’re looking for. These could be school ranking or prestige, research facilities, practical experience and internships, cost of tuition, student support services, safety, social life, chance to travel… there are so many variables, and what’s right for you may be completely wrong for someone else.
Get hold of some books on the subject, and see whether you’re gripped by them or not! You could even check out the reading lists of courses you’re considering – many departments will publish these online (or may send you one if you ask). A warning though: don’t rule out a subject just because you find one book heavy going – it may just be the style of writing, or that you need some teaching input to make things clearer.
Every subject has so many different options, so it’s good to know the most specific interest you have. Engineering students could study anything from bio-medical engineering to civil engineering. So if you’d rather build bridges than human body parts, understand that before you sign up.
Placements enable you to apply the skills you’ve learned at university/college in real situations, give you valuable experience that looks great on your CV and help you make important contacts.
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