Choosing a university degree is not a decision that is recommended to be taken lightly, since it is something that can greatly influence a person’s future professional life: what jobs they can carry out, in which sectors they can develop them, what salary range can you aspire to, etc.
For this reason, we wanted to prepare this article with some tips that we hope you find useful when choosing (and hitting) which career to study .
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HOW TO CHOOSE WELL WHAT TO STUDY
According to the report Facts and figures of the Spanish university system. Publication 2019-2020 prepared by the Ministry of Universities, the global dropout rates among new students in Bachelor of the 2013-2014 academic year was 34% , while 12% of these students opted for a change of degree .
Behind these figures, there are very diverse causes: not being able to cope economically with university fees, disappointment because the content of the syllabus did not meet expectations, lack of university facilities, lack of academic guidance …
So that none of this happens to you or catches you by surprise, we have compiled the 6 keys that you must take into account if you do not want to fail in your decision of which career or degree to study:
1. CONSIDER YOUR INTERESTS AND VALUE YOUR STRENGTHS
When choosing which degree to study, keep your hobbies and interests in mind , what you would like to do professionally. In this way, you will enjoy while you study and you will keep very good memories of your time at university.
However, it is important that you also value your strengths and weaknesses , since you can be passionate about one thing, but this does not mean that you are good at it and it may cost you a little to reach your goals. If it’s still what you really want, don’t give up!
2. INFORMATION IS POWER
Many students decide the degree they are going to study completely blindly, lacking enough information. They opt for one degree or another based on preconceived or erroneous ideas, completely ignoring the study plan, the professional opportunities to which they will be able to choose, how the teaching is focused in each university, etc.
If you want to hit the mark, collect all the possible data on the careers that most attract your attention and the universities that offer them . Information is the basis of any decision making and the more you have, the better and easier it will be to assess which one suits your ideal professional future.
3. FIND YOUR MOTIVATION
Many people who start studying a degree and end up dropping it recognize that they saw going to university as an obligation before starting. Therefore, it is not strange that some stopped their university studies at the minimum that they encountered some difficulty.
If you are not enthusiastic about the idea or do not find any motivation to pursue a degree, nothing happens . There are other alternatives (living a season abroad, studying a Higher Level Training Cycle , starting a business, volunteering …) and you can even go to university later if you change your mind after a while.
4. CONSULT WITH OTHER PEOPLE
It is worth asking people who have already studied that degree that catches your attention and who are currently developing their professional career thanks to it. No one can tell you better what the experience is like, both inside and outside the university.
Listen, let yourself be advised, do not be influenced by negative comments if they refer to isolated or specific cases. Remember that you have the last word. The latter is also applicable to inquiries that you can make to family members, acquaintances, school counselors, etc.
5. BEWARE OF FASHION RACES
Degrees are created practically every year with the intention of training professionals who respond to the new needs of the labor market. Although these university degrees are an option like any other, take into account your tastes and abilities if you finally opt for one of them. Don’t base your choice simply because they are in vogue.
6. VISIT UNIVERSITIES AND EDUCATIONAL FAIRS
Visiting the campuses of the different universities can help you discover their educational offerings and even learn about the infrastructures and technologies they have, their methodology , the companies with which they have internship agreements , etc.