Today I thought I’d do something a little different and talk a bit about education. Before we start I feel like I have to say I’m a MASSIVE fan of education – I think we’re so lucky in the UK to be blessed with the education system we have and while there are SO many things that annoy me about the education system overall I think we’ve got a pretty good deal. So here are some of my tips for choosing your degree/A-Level/GCSE subjects.
- Do you love the subject? This is probably the first thing that comes into your mind when you have to make a choice between subjects. Committing yourself to a degree or any kind of course requires hard work, and you’re only going to work at your hardest if you love what you’re doing. If you have no idea what you love – think about which subject you engage with the most outside of the classroom, what types of books do you like to read? What types of TV programmes or movies do you enjoy? Hopefully this will help you to determine if you really love a subject.
- Are you good at the subject? This doesn’t apply to all of these examples because many people go on to do degrees in subjects they have never studied before, but assessing if you’re good at the subject is a good step to take. Check the entry requirements for the courses you’re looking at and see if you meet them. For universities you’ll usually be able to find a university that matches your academic level, but for A-level courses the requirements are usually pretty similar. If, for example, you’re thinking of studying law but haven’t studied it before consider similar subjects you may take at A-level such as History or Politics which will help you to determine if you can handle the work load of a degree.
- Have you thought about your next steps? While this isn’t a major factor for GCSEs it’s a good thing to think about. If you know you want to study a specific degree you need to check the entry criteria to see if there are any subject specific requirements. For example this may mean that you want to study Chemistry so you need to take Maths and Chemistry at A-Level. Thinking about potential paths you may want to take in the future keeps your doors open to more options which is always a great thing.
- Have you thought about your career plans? Most people don’t know what they want to do from the age of 14 and that’s totally okay and more importantly it’s totally normal. But having a rough idea of the type of area you’d like to work in will help you to pick a path that works for you. It’s also a good idea to google for some career options in areas you’re interested in as you may be really surprised at the opportunities available to you.
If there’s anything else ‘education’ based you’d like me to talk about feel free to leave it in a comment below!