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How to choose a course?

Struggling to choose a course? So did many of us.

Each course is a unique mix of many different ingredients — from the subjects covered, to the campus location, and the career it leads to. Whether you are still considering possible courses, tossing up between two fields of study or have no idea what kind of career you want, IDP counsellors can help find the best course for you and coordinate your university application.

Sometimes when students are unhappy with the chosen course or country, they withdraw from their studies in the very first year. We do not want this for you. Considering that every course and university is different and that students have their individual preferences, here are four things you should consider when choosing the right course:

1. Strengths and goals

Spend some time to reflect on your interests and skills. This will put you in a better position to figure out what courses will suit you. 

You can start by choosing a field that you are interested in, and from there, think of a course that will match your skills, values and personality type. For example, if you are interested in the healthcare industry, courses you can consider include nursing, physical therapy, aged care and pathology.

2. Research

Create a list of courses to explore and research extensively on each. You can source information on the internet, through online programs and prospectuses offered by the different universities or institutions. You may also reach out to family and friends who have had a taste of international education for initial guidance. 

Take the time to visit college websites to explore not only the subjects included in your course but also to find out the content of each module per subject.

3. Career opportunities

There is little point in pursuing a course unless it sets you up for a successful future. If changing your career path is the reason to study internationally, it is crucial that you take into consideration the kind of career you wish to pursue.

4. Timeout

Taking a break can be a good option if you have the resources to do so. You can use this break to travel, gain some work experience, and figure out which career is right for you. This allows you to have some time to weigh up your options and make an informed decision.

Trust us, there are endless possibilities for your international education future, and we are here to make them happen.

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