How to choose the right course
We all make decisions in different ways. But we’re here to give you some useful tips about things to think about when you’re making decisions about your career options.
1. Find out more
It’s important to make a decision based on all the facts. You need to take time to find out more about all the options available to you. The more you know about an option the better informed you are to make a decision that's right for you. You could:
- Attend open days
- Ask for information from teachers and tutors
- Find out the entry requirements and qualifications needed to do a job
2. List the pros and cons
Sometimes the easiest way to come to a decision is to sit down with a pen and paper and write a pros and cons list for each of your options. Once you’ve done your list you can go through them one at a time and think about how important each of your points are to you. By the end you’ll have a better idea of what’s important to you and which option is best. When writing a list think about the:
- Positives about each option
- Negatives about each option
- What each option could lead to
3. Know your learning style
Did you know there are 3 different learning styles?
- Visual (learn best by seeing things)
- Auditory (learn best by hearing things)
- Kinestheic (learn best by doing things)
We all learn in different ways but knowing about how you learn best can help you choose your next steps.
You might enjoy learning by listening to someone talk about the subject or you might learn best by being shown how to do the task. If you learn best by writing and listening then maybe a Higher Education degree would suit, but if you prefer to write and put it into practice then an Apprenticeship or vocational Further Education course may be an option.
4. Talk to the right people
There’s a lot of pressure to know exactly what you want to do or what your next steps should be. We’ve all been there which means that there are people around you who have valuable advice. It’s good to listen to others but it’s also important to remember that at the end of the day it’s your choice. You could:
- Speak to your parents/guardians
- Speak to a person who’s currently studying the course or doing the job you’re interested in
- Contact us to speak to a Career Adviser
5. Plan the next few years
Imagine what job you have or where you’ll be living. Knowing where you want to be in the future helps you understand what you need to do to get there. Having a plan in place can be motivating. Think about:
- The qualifications you'll need
- Where you could be working
- What you need to do now to get to where you want to be