• 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.

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2 Responses

  1. 1

    this is fantastic, thanks so much for the help! 🙂

  2. 2

    Hi, I have just read through the whole passage, and I feel a bit worry about myself. I have chosen Actuarial Science at this stage for uni, and luckily got some conditional offers. However, I know it’s gonna be tough for me because the exams for the qualification are really difficult, and I don’t know if I can make it or not.
    I recently think about civil engineering, As you have said, this is a good subject. If we finished our course, we can go into either engineering or business field. Also the exam won’t be as hard as the actuarial profession. But one thing I do worry about is, if I can’t get into the a very top school, it seems that I am less likely to gain success in my career. Also, I don’t like the working conditions for civil engineers, it’s always be an outside-based work, standing in the rain and cold…..just horrible….and even if I go into a business field, I don’t have any profession that can ‘protect’ myself from not being replaced. I know that I am not as clever as the others, so it may be hard for me to have any improvement in my career.
    So, what do you think then? Should I stick to my choice, Actuarial Science, or should apply to civil engineering in Hong Kong, my motherland?
    Thank you very much for your help.

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