Follow this plan step by step to find the academic programme that best suits you.
- Know thyself
What excites you? What do you like to do? What are you good at? Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Also list your interests, personality traits, skills and talents. Talk about them with the people who know you best.
- Your ideal academic programme
What do you demand from an academic programme? What do you expect of it? List your criteria. Consider things like the subject matter, teaching methods, difficulty level, career prospects, atmosphere and location. What’s important to you?
- Explore the possibilities
Collect all the information you can find. Browse the internet, read leaflets, visit open houses and information sessions and speak to study advisors. Are you perhaps not ready to start university yet? Find out what other options you have.
- Compare programmes
Compare the different programmes that match your interests, abilities and wishes. Investigate many programmes thoroughly. And you absolutely must take the opportunity to be student-for-a-day!
By all means, figure out which academic programme is best for you right now. Your preferences may change in the future, but that’s not the end of the world. During your studies, you will learn to analyse, argue, report and present at an academic level. Those skills will be with you for the rest of your life, no matter where you end up. Decisions tend to form naturally when you know enough about yourself and your options. When a decision makes you feel cheerful and energetic, it’s usually the right one. If it doesn’t or you can’t make up your mind, take some more time. Spending a gap year working or travelling can teach you a lot about yourself and the world. Whatever you do, make sure the decision is yours alone.