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How to choose a degree programme

By Asomi College of Sciences
Choosing the right degree course has always been an important choice in the life of every student. The option might get complicated, especially when one considers everything varying from fees, accommodation, distance from hometown, and student experience to choosing a motivating butalso economically rewarding career path. Moreover, the Coronavirusaftermath represents another critical factor in making the right decision: the world is now trying to return to normality, but students choosing their career path must consider some additional elements.

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Interests

Firstly, the most important thing is to think about one’s interests: the subjects in which one is good at. Then, of course, there might be several career prospects that have to be considered once the aspiring student has sorted out their subjects of interest.

Once this is figured out, more universities and colleges or other higher education institutions offer a wide range of degree courses. Therefore, there are several aspects to be considered when choosing the right degree course.

Delivery methods

Of course, the choice of the delivery method of studies should be a priority. There are online-taught programs that are well-structured, and there might also be on-campus programs or blended ones. All these aspects must be taken into account in terms of costs – considering whether the choice includes commuting and/or accommodation fees – and efficiency; thinking on whether it would be nicer to follow online or in-person courses.

There are also online rankings listing the best higher education institutions or the most ranked degree courses, which can be consulted if necessary. Moreover, a good solution would be to ask current students and alumni to get an idea of how and why they made the choice they did.

Before versus after Covid-19

These choices seemed to be easier to make before the Covid-19 pandemic since there used to be university fairs during which high-school students could easily understand what kind of university would fit them best. Therefore, a lot of universities and colleges put online webinars at the disposal of their students. Another option for having a good overview of the university at hand is navigating their website(s) and, if they have one, their official profiles on socialmedia.

In this way, the information-looking students might even have the chance to reach out to current or former students. Moreover, social media is not all about Instagram or Facebook; for instance, LinkedIn is a clever way of getting in touch with alumni or student ambassadors who will be glad to explain how they chose their study course and university or college.

Practical tips

Of course, some practical aspectshave to be also considered when making this crucial choice. These down-to-earth facts certainly include the distance from the students’ hometown or the admissionfees. The distance from hometown defines whether the student has to commute or pay for the accommodation. Moreover, the accommodation fees might vary from campus accommodations to private ones. The university also commissions other costs and, for this reason, several scholarships and other facilities with alternative payment methods are usually available. 

Besides, the practical sides of choosing the right degree course include the average level of students’ high-school grades. Some universities or colleges require students to have their high-school grades in the mid-90s, while other higher education institutions might admit students with an average in the 70s.  

Internships and abroad experience

Another essential aspect to consider is choosing a course that provides its students with an internship, which may vary from an on-field experience in the industry, abroad or a co-op program. For instance, students who have their career path cleared out from early on and who need practice for their future job are more likely to choose a degree course that includes an internship. For instance, co-op programs are made to conceal work and study. On the one hand, they might take more time than a classical undergraduate program, but they are usually worth it for people who need experience in their study field. Also, in these cases, the aspiring student should evaluate the course and internshipoffer and their frequency; since there are courses that let their students spend entire summers working and others who usually alternate work and study terms. 

The same goes for students who choose a subject which goes beyond national issues – in these cases, an international experience is always a good choice. Of course, an internship in another country or just a study year abroad is always a good choice for personal and professional growth. Given that this kind of experience gives students versatile and intrapersonal skills, employers usually appreciate it.

In other words

Choosing the right degree programme might be confusing initially, but it might get more manageable when one considers all the abovementioned tips. ASOMI College of Sciences wants to help its future students and all other readers choose the right degree program. That is why ACS hopes this article helped clear out some crucial points to ease the path in choosing a degree course.    

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