How to choose courses in college when uncertain what career to chose?
The most important consideration when choosing your course is asking yourself why you are looking to study. Do you want to further your career by extending your skill set? If this is the case you should choose a course in a subject that is a natural progression of your existing skills and qualifications. If the aim is to progress further with your current employer selecting a course that is relevant to your work is recommended. Discussing study options with your peers, colleagues or employer can help to determine what qualification will help with your career. Are you looking to diversify your knowledge or change career path completely? Studying may be necessary if you are looking to change career. If this is your motivation for studying it is important that you consider what career you wish to pursue. Studying can be expensive, so be sure to fully research any prospective career.
I’m assuming you are referring to choosing A Level or BTEC Courses. The best advice is to choose subjects that you’ll enjoy and you’ll be good at. Both A Level and BTEC course can be very intense and you it’s much harder to do well in a subject that you don’t absolutely love. Some people opt for all sciences and maths or all humanities. This is usually because they are following their strengths. Others choose to mix and match based on what they like. However there are some subjects that complement each other and it’s useful to study these together. For example, it’s harder to get a top grade in A Level Biology if you aren’t studying chemistry or maths. That’s not to say that it’s impossible but there is overlap between these subjects. You should also take into consideration your target grades for GCSE. Most sixth form and colleges ask for a grade 6 in that subject and a 4 or 5 in English and Maths. It’s also useful to talk to the teachers who teach the course to get some information about what it’s like and what the challenges are. As well as that you can speak to year 12 or 13 students at open evening or at your school. Don’t worry about not knowing what career you want to do. Most people don’t and that okay. Just be aware that if there is something really specific you wish to do eg. Medicine, then there are subjects that you should pick to study. If not, follow your strengths and what you enjoy. I teach A Level Biology and am more than happy to talk about that or science A levels or BTEC Applied science. Good luck.
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