Where to apply? - Choosing a course

The course you would like to study is a big decision and it is important that you take the time to think about the subjects you enjoy and how it will help you reach your goals. Go through our list below asking yourself each question and jotting down the answers. There is a worksheet with some key questions to get you started that you can download and print off too.

Ask yourself questions such as:

  • Is there a subject you are currently studying that you are passionate about and would like to work in this area of study? Or is it a new or subject area you finding interesting?
  • What do you enjoy doing day to day – could this be part of your future job role.
  • Career prospects – Sometimes it’s worth looking at where you could end up. Look at jobsites and graduate career pages to see the job opportunities and incentives available. Explore jobsites and graduate careers to look for ideas to work or study towards.
  • Entry requirements (do you need any specific subjects?)
  • Course content – this will normally be broken down into headings and will give you an idea about what you will be learning over the next 3-4 years
  • Does the course offer work experience and support in securing this? This is very important for helping your employability in competitive industries. If the university offers this option our advice is to accept it, it will help you out in the long run – trust us, we’ve been there!
  • Employability - how soon after graduating do most people find a job or do they go on to study further or research.
  • Student satisfaction scores – do not base your choice on someone else’s experience but it can be a good way to find out key themes that are reoccurring such as the amount of support and help provided in securing work placements.

If you would like help or any advice on this ask friends, family and your careers teacher to help you think of things you like doing and different courses available. The ER&M team can also provide impartial advice on courses available in the UK, Republic of Ireland and in Europe. You can get in touch with us through our contact form, Facebook and twitter.


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