Deciding which educational institution and course your child will pick shouldn’t be a decision that is taken lightly. It’s extremely important, and they should really weigh up their options. If you follow the advice below, it should make it a lot easier when helping them to decide what they want to do, and where they want to go.
Research, Research, Research!
This is key when making their decision. There are over 395 providers of Undergraduate courses in the UK, some which you may have never heard of. It’s important to see what they all have to offer, as it might be a deciding factor when they make their decision. Furthermore, there are 50,000 Undergraduate courses, and I’m sure they didn’t study as many subjects as that in school/college. There’s courses they’ve probably never heard of, so take some time with them to see what they entail and if it’s something that they might be interested in.
Create a table
This is the most organised way of noting down their research. Creating columns with things that are important to you, i.e near/ far from home, is a great way of narrowing down their search and it will give them a great indication of who will be in thier top 5.
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Their teachers, advisors, friends and family are there for a reason. What do they think they’re good at? What do they think they enjoy? They shouldn't be afraid to ask, they might have some great words of wisdom which can help them with the decision process.
What do they enjoy?
What is their favourite subject at school? What interests them outside of school? What have they always been curious about? These questions really help determine what course they want to study. Unlike school/college they’re only studying one subject, so they have to be completely sure that this is the path that they want to go down.
What do they want to do after?
If they have a career in mind (which will make their decision a lot easier), it’s vital to look into what degree is needed in order for them to perform that job. If they don't have the required degree, it may affect them getting the job!
It’s their decision!
Don’t let anyone pressure them into a decision. Ultimately it’s your child that’s studying the course, and it’s their life that it mainly affects. Whilst it’s great to have others input, it's important they take others advice on board but don’t make their decision solely based on it.
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