BossLadies, if you’re interested in furthering your studies via distance learning, face to face, online, on weekends, through part-time study or night classes, the IQ Academy has a few pointers to help you make the right decision…
Speak to alumni from various institutions as they can give you a unique perspective on their experiences, job prospects, lecturing staff, student support services and the like. You can find alumni pages on social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The important thing is to do your research, ask around and chat to enrolled students too.
HOME OR AWAY
Is distance learning an option for you or would you prefer one-on-one tuition? Distance learning offers you more flexibility, plus you save money on transport costs, food, and lodging.
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
Ask whether the school offers the course you are passionate about and the job opportunities related to that course. If you opt for the face-to-face learning option, think about the size of the classes and how much individual attention you will receive from your lecturers.
Unless you have a secret stash of ‘guap’, money is certainly a key contributor in your decision-making process. Draw up a budget. Is the school within your price range or worth going into debt over? Do you perhaps have the option to apply for a scholarship or grants?
It’s worth checking how well the school ranks academically? Are the lecturers at the school renowned in their fields? Do they have doctorate degrees or books published? Are they easily accessible? Consider what you are willing to compromise on in terms of the overall offering. Check that the institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.
WHEN IN DOUBT, SPREAD IT OUT
List down on paper all the institutions you have in mind and compare each across a range of different requirements that are important to you, From computer facilities to tuition fees and student support, the college you choose should be the right one for you.
Finding the right college takes time and effort, BossLadies – not to mention research and an often lengthy application process. Don’t wait until the last minute to get all your ducks in a row.