Decisions, decisions! Choosing a course for post matric study can be a daunting task. There are so many options available, each with their own unique set of benefits. Apart from the what, why, how and where, the IQ Academy takes a look at what you should consider before registering for a new course
WHAT’S YOUR GOAL?
Knowing why you want to do this and what you want to achieve in the end will assist you when making your final decision. Compare courses offered by institutions and highlight the pros and cons of each course.
Pay attention to course details
Read through the course outline so that you know what to expect. Pay special attention to each module or subject within the course so that you are able to assess what it entails e.g. how many hours you will need to put in. Know whether it is a short course, diploma, higher certificate or a degree.
Get your hands dirty
- Many institutions often host open days throughout the academic year. These offer prospective students an opportunity to speak to lecturers, student advisors, tutors, past and present students. This is the best time to ask questions from as many people as possible. And will give you a really broad understanding of what you are about to commit to.
- Keep an eye out for career expos as well. Many institutions attend these in large numbers, so it’s a one-stop-shop for all the career info you need in one place.
- Make use of search engines, online platforms, and social media to tap into additional sources of information.
Stay true to you
There is nothing worse than enrolling for a course that you were forced to study, so follow your heart and do what is best for you. If you are torn between two streams of study and have the means, then a joint course can offer you the best of both worlds. If not, figure out which will yield the best results in relation to your end goal.
A SOLID SUPPORT GROUP
One thing is certain. You want to have an amazing time whilst you study. For it to be a positive experience, it’s important to have a solid support network. These can come in the form of study groups, student portals or tutors. Either way, you want to be sure that you have one or a variety of them to turn to.
What matters most is that you choose a study path that matches your interests, skills set and your overall career and life goals. Why go to culinary school when your passion is in finance? If you can remember that BossLady, you will Go The Distance.