How to select courses you study to get the career of your dreams

Eight “S’s” to build your career

It can be an intimidating experience trying to decide which career to pursue, and which course to study in order to achieve your career goals. There is an overwhelming array of study courses available these days, and it is not always easy to know where to begin.

Many students tend to choose their third-level options on the basis of the academic scores and influencers like friends/parents, rather than on their particular aptitudes and interests. The result is that a considerable number of students discover that they have started on courses that may be unsuitable to them. For most, however, there is simply a bewildering variety of courses, many of which involve subjects that are not taught in school. So how should you go about choosing a course?

Consider your INTERESTS, SKILLS, APTITUDES, PERSONALITY

This requires the individual to develop a certain degree of self-awareness. This entails asking yourself: What kind of person am I? This process of self-assessment consists of using several EQ4C instruments in order to uncover your interests, personality type, work related values and skills. It is looking at these things in combination that can help you figure out what courses will be good matches for you, and you could learn something that will surprise you.

The greater the overlap between an individual’s interests, aptitudes and personal characteristics and those required by the area of study, the greater the degree of satisfaction when engaged in that area of study. Your Guidance Counsellor will provide you with access to variety of self- assessment inventories. This process will help you decide which course best fits you. If you find the right course at the right college you will be inspired to succeed.

Decide which course is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and the courses you have researched. This will entail looking at the jigsaw pieces of your life to date and putting them together. Considering your interests, hobbies, skills, aptitudes and achievements, both academic and personal, and identifying certain personality traits combined with appropriate course exploration will hold the key to successful course choice.

Choosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right as it can impact your future success. If you can manage to get it right it will help you to take the next step in your career journey.