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• Thursday, November 18th, 2010


Apart from all the confusion we have about what we should study at university, another battle is what university we should apply for. ‘What should I Study at University?’ gives a guide on how we go about selecting the subject we want to study at university. It explains how we need to be realistic and target the right course that is suitable for our skills and offers a promising future to us.

Here it comes a second important topic; WHAT UNIVERSITY I SHOULD APPLY FOR?

For the start let’s assume you know exactly what is the best for you to study and you have made your mind about what subject is on demand in the society and you are confident that if you enter the right university and receive the necessary education you will succeed and stand out on the job application process.

The Right University:

There are many websites and organisations that offer ‘University Ranking’ guides, but what does that mean and how could it help us select the right universities and which guides we should actually rely on.

If after graduation you intend to work in the UK, for example, then you need to look at the ranking of the university in the UK and it is best to see university ranking for your chosen subject in the country rather than the overall one. Guardian is one of the best guides to refer to; as it offers a very close to reality ranking with respect to most of the subjects offered in UK universities.

one might say, I am not sure where I will end up working, I want to travel around the world or I am an international student that want to go back to my country after graduation and do not intend to stay in the UK. Then in this case, it is best to look at world wide university ranking. Some universities, within the UK, are ranked differently when it comes to world-wide picture. For example UCL is ranked the 4th university in the world by Times, although it is ranked to be in the 9th position in the country in the COMPLETE UNIVERSITY Guide website, which is in association with THE INDEPENDENT.

Times Ranking is possibly the most recognisable university ranking guide when it comes to see the global picture of a university and hence if I that aspect was more important to you then accept this guide rather than local ranking guides.

Another important factor is to look at the ‘graduate employment ratio’. After all, we study to get the job we desire. Most of the university guides show the employment ratio of graduates and it should be one of the first columns one should look at. Even if the student satisfaction with the course is 100% but the employment ratio is 50% then we have not achieved the most important outcome of going to university.


• Friday, November 12th, 2010

It wasn’t long ago when I was browsing the web to find an answer to the questions I had; what should I study? How are the job opportunities for what I will be studying? Which university is the best in the UK for what I want to study?  And how does it compete with the top ranked world universities?

If you have the same questions in mind then reading the article might be of help. I’ve tried to take you through what I have already experienced and save you hours of confusion and searching, so please if you feel this is helpful then send it to your friends or people you know that might have the same questions in mind.

What Should I study at university?

Well this is a really easy question to ask but a difficult one to answer. Many variables play major roles on what is best for you. You might have heard that ‘study something you enjoy so you will succeed’. Very true but not always practical. What if you could study a subject that you don’t necessarily enjoy but because you posses the skills for, you do much better than the one you think you enjoy studying about and will end up having a happier life.

I’m going to give you examples to make it easier for you to decide. It is step by step advice and normally works for everyone:

First look at what your skills are. If you are good with mathematics then consider engineering, finance, consultancy or pure maths. So far so good; because everybody knows what they are good at and then it is quiet straight forward to find out what university courses are based around your strong skills. If you still doubt how you can find this go to UCAS and look at the courses you have in mind and see what the entry requirements are for that particular course. (If you look at history, I will be surprised to see Maths or Physics in their entry requirements).

Now it is easier to select what you want to study.  You have narrowed down your options to what you know you are more likely to do well in. The Second stage is to be realistic. WHAT ARE YOUR GRADES? If you have studied A-level or any equivalent to pre-university education then it’s time to think ahead and appropriately. You might love Economics and it is your strongest subject but your A-level grade for it is let’s say C. The question here is; should you study Economics at university? Well there is nothing wrong with it too but to be honest you will not be able to enter a good university with that grade and subjects like economics are very limited in terms of employment after graduation. If you studied economics then normally there are not many job opportunities after graduation especially if you have not gone to a GOOD university.

However, if you studied engineering, for example, because of the permanent demand for the topic, it is easier to find a job. You will be surprised to know that many engineering students do banking or finance or consultancy and so on. I don’t know any economist who does engineering!!!

Having said that, if you have high grades and you know you can be enrolled in a good university then stay in it and study anything that interests you. You are more likely to work in the field you love if you are graduated from top universities and have achieved high class grades.

To conclude, there are many factors that drive your decision on what to study at university. It is important to be rational and realistic or otherwise you’ll be disappointed and possibly for life. See what you are good at not what you like to do, look at your potentials for what you are good at not what sounds good and decide on what offers the best opportunities for you after you finish your course not what is easier for you to study.

Best of luck and I am more than happy to answer your questions and feel free to comment.