1. Whenever you can, visit the centres, “spy” the people and infrastructures around, develop the situational awareness.
2. Ask for information and request an appointment with the (line) managers, organizers or tutors of the courses (hires). Prepare these meetings in advance with all the questions that come into your mind focusing on finding out more about, not only the programmes, but also the lecturers (studies-wise) or about the work method, division of tasks, duties, rights and responsibilities (job-wise). Go to the information sessions and the education fairs. Do not believe the myths, only the facts. Read carefully all the details in the curricula, webpages, leaflets and any document that you have compiled.
3. Analyze pros and cons for each course and give special weigh to both: those topics that you most like and the work opportunities that you have more chance of obtaining. It simply means letting go and being yourself, being free to trust your instinct and follow your passions. Life is too short and hard to do things that you do not love or that you cannot make a living from them 🙂
4. It can be important to include the Environment aspects in the previous point: public transportation, cost of living, support networks and workmates, distance from home-land, gender distribution, accommodation, countryside, communication, cultural shock, climate, friends, local industries. In fact, you can do this research during the first bullet pointed above.
5. If you are confused, think about your friends and talk to people that have passed through the same some time ago. Again, do not believe the myths.
6. Still in doubt? Make a spreadsheet, fill it with a quantitative scale and the highest score could be your answer.
Did you like it? Which one did you like the most? Do you dis-/agree? Would you add anything else? Would you change or comment any of those points? You can comment just here.
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More info and further reading and resources on this:
- Mahdawi A, 2017. What jobs will still be around in 20 years? Read this to prepare your future – The Guardian
- Benedikt CF, Osborne MA. 2013. The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization?
- Guía en Español (“Empleos en perspectiva (próxima y futura)“) realizada por el equipo investigador: Ana Bernabeu Domínguez, Lorenzo Escot Mangas, José Andrés Fernández Cornejo, Lorenzo Fernández Franco, Julio Fernández Garrido y María del Valle Domínguez.
- The complete university guide
- Students’ 20 top tips for picking a course – The Guardian
2 thoughts to “What to do when you don’t know what studies (or job) to choose”
Great article! Thank you!
I’d like to share another resource that also might be useful here. It’s the guide that covers the ins and outs of dual degrees and double majors: https://studycorgi.com/blog/dual-degree-vs-double-major-whats-the-difference-are-they-worth-it/
Thanks Lily, indeed I didn’t cover that aspect.