Published on January 1, 2016 | Engineering| Entrance-Exams| University
The Tightrope Walk Of Choosing Course and College
Many high school and college students are gearing up for competitive examinations which are just a couple of months away. With so many competitive exams out there it becomes overwhelming for students to gather information about each of them and deciding which exams would lead them to the right course and college. The situation worsens when students start to realize that this is not something that they want to pursue. Also, there is not much information about what that field entails them to do once they start working as professionals there. Clearly, there is a huge mismatch between what students think and what the Course actually is.
According to ACT test results, roughly 2 out of three students did not select a major that was a good fit with their interest.
Before you select a discipline for yourself and deploy the necessary resources towards it, it’s crucial to weigh your interests and analyze which course and college would be the best fit for you. Factoring in all these aspects can make decision-making a lot easier and help you channelize your time & money in the best way possible.
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 80 percent of students end up changing their major at least once.
It’s common to see students choosing a particular career path, later realizing that they have an inclination towards some other field. As a result of disinterest towards the chosen field, they fail to grip the finer nuances and feel the subjects to be too dry and devoid of practical applications. They slog to get “good grades” without ever gaining an in-depth understanding of their field. They keep going just for the sake of obtaining a “degree”.
On the other hand, if a student knows his/her inclination from the beginning, he would choose a course and college that is in line with his interests and would naturally be inquisitive to learn about the subject. He would make efforts to hone his skills in the field and go on to achieve an innate understanding of his/her field.
So here are a few tips that might help you in taking the right decision
Make sure you’re applying for the course, not the university: Most Students tend to choose Universities based on it’s beauty and glory keeping requirement of the course aside, rarely end well. If you are confused- consult an expert, enquire about the course and its content before taking a final decision.
Clarify whether you want to go to a practical based strategic learning university or a teaching one: Research universities’ focus on research, i.e, it is practical based strategic learning and teaching universities teach: to bridge the gap between these two practical orientation is a must to prepares us to face the intense competition.
Check for University Accreditation and Collaboration: Checking for the major ranks and tie ups associated with each university is a major factor of research about Universities.This is important too to judge standards. Most universities maintain tie ups with different universities and MNCs worldwide opening ventures for intellectual seminars and research.
See through the University Library: In this age of vast information everything cannot be gained from classroom lectures. A student will have to spend a decent amount of time in the library to gain real knowledge. The library should have a comfortable environment to learn.
Venture on extra curricular activities: It’s important to check these out too as University life is not just about studying!. You should search for events and committees in the university to make sure there’s something to match your hobby.
This is what we strive to do at Navigus; leverage technology such as data science and machine learning to help the students address this very challenging and critical problem of choosing a career path that will help them shape the rest of their academic and professional career.