Our Guide to Finding a Program That's Right for You
So you’re graduating high school and have no idea what degree course you’re going to pursue. You’ve seen your peers hit it out of the park with their specialized degree, and you’re intimidated.
But, what they do, doesn’t align with your vision (however hazy at the moment) and you want to be sure the course you choose will be a perfect fit for you.
Why Choosing The Right Degree Course is Important?
Choosing the right degree course can end many struggles in your journey. It can be a gateway to your dream life. But, with thousands of courses to choose from that our partner universities offer, it can soon become overwhelming.
But, you shouldn't be making one of the biggest decisions of your life uninformed. The impact that a right degree has on your life is incalculable.
This Guide Will Help You identify:
1. Your core skills/interests and how to use them to shortlist the right courses.
2. A smart framework to pick the best course that fits you.
3. How you can leverage the power of a UK degree at 1/3rd the cost.
4. Tips for making an informed and intelligent decision.
Let's get started.
First things first, you need to be sure about what drives you. If you have a passion for filmmaking, writing or drama then, of course, you must explore options to do a bachelor's or master's in the same field.
But, if you are worried about how you’re going to cope while you make it big, here’s some advice on what you should do first.
Set Goals. As you know ‘if we fail to plan, we plan to fail’.
Open a notes app or go old school with a pen and paper and ask:
What am I Interested In?
Write about tasks or activities you truly enjoy. It could be sculpting, painting, game designing, or even learning foreign languages. We live in the age of the Internet where all the world’s information is a few clicks away.
By choosing the right direction, you’re already halfway there. Use it to your advantage.
Follow These Steps
1. List down all the areas you're interested in.
2. Next, jot down the related jobs and career options in that field. If you aren't sure of these, research them!
3. Study market trends. A search with ‘Industry/Job Title + Trends’ is all it takes.
4. Understand the ballpark estimate of salaries and income in the current market.
5. Find which professional qualifications you'll need to be successful in that space.
Pro Tip: Check out job descriptions on LinkedIn or any Job site for your intended profession. It will give you a good idea of the qualifications and salary ranges.
Let’s say you’re interested in facial painting. Assuming there aren’t many opportunities for the same, you could then pivot to a different niche that requires a similar skill set.
For example a Prosthetic Make-Up Professional. (Someone needs to paint the zombies right?)
It doesn’t have to be perfect yet, but it helps to identify the direct and indirect spots where your interests and skills align.
Creating a SpreadSheet Like This Can Help:
Pro Tip: Research whether the industry you’re going after is growing or shrinking. As the world is changing, so are jobs.
Once you’ve gathered the data and prepared a shortlist. Ask next:
What Are My Core Skills?
Determine your assets and equip yourself with the in-demand skills that will set the foundation for your professional career.
Audit skill gaps and then find courses that help you gain them. Having an early career conversation with people you trust working in a similar domain can be very valuable.
Identifying the skills you lack in the areas of your interest is the best way to find the right degree. But then, again, which is the best one for you?
To make an intelligent and calculated decision use our chart below.
Pick the top 5 courses and rate them out of 10 in the following metrics.
(*Calculate difficulty in reverse, the more difficult a course, the lesser the score. Similarly the more affordable the course, the higher the score.)
This is a great way to analyze many courses and shortlist the best ones. Now that you’ve analytically shortlisted the courses, you may need help with your applications.
Speaking of applications, did you know that the costs of higher education, specifically in the USA are prohibitive for many families as a four-year option. With tuition costs between $20,000 and $60,000 per year.
A UK degree offers tuition between £12,000 and £15,000 over a three-year period. This offers huge savings that significantly reduce student debt.
Also in the UK, students do a ton of hands-on work. You'll be out in the field doing work in your chosen degree course which will give you on-the-ground experience.
64% of surveyed employers said that graduates with an International Degree are often given more responsibility. Needless to say that an international degree does add a unique charm to your resume.
Many of our partner universities offer automatic scholarships for international students. They have hundreds of degree courses and are some of the best in the UK. Besides, it's possible to find funding outside of what the university offers.
Once we get to know each other, we can help you find scholarships that fit your needs.
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