How do I choose the best course?
- February 12, 2019
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Uncategorized
How do I choose the best course? I have been in educational counseling for the last 15yrs and I have answered this question many times now. In this duration, I might have met not less than 15,000 students, interacted at a personal level with 10,000 students and have been perceived as a champion by many students and their parents, in education counseling. This blog is all about my experience of meeting, talking, interacting and assisting students in selecting the best course.
My association with MICA dates back to 2012 and in these last 7yrs, I have been meeting many young kids who would have just completed class X and all set to make the big choice of choosing Science, Commerce or Arts. While a few are very clear about their choice of course and subjects, most are not…. And it’s absolutely fine for a 16-year-old student not to be clear about the choice of course and subjects. One need not be apologetic if one ever finds oneself in a state of a dilemma when choosing a course or subject.
Our society gives us a plethora of examples of an Engineer choosing Fine arts, a Doctor getting into the Police force, Chartered Accountants becoming Yoga trainers, Physicists turning Philosophers… there could always be a probability of them not choosing the right path when they had to make a decision or maybe they found their flow/passion at a later stage of their lives. They may say life doesn’t give a second chance, but, for sincere seekers, life may even give a third. So, is choosing the right course not imperative? If you can, why not? If you can’t, that’s not the end of the world.
The basic exercises that we need to do before choosing our path of an academic journey would be to know as many career options as possible. This is a sort of reverse engineering. I know the end result and move backward to find out the Dos and the Don’ts.
However, an easier option is to know and understand the subjects that are our favorites and to find out if a career can be built around it and choose the same subjects at our Pre-University / University levels.
If somebody can assess the strengths and weakness of students and mind map that would be another great idea to decide the course of study and career path in the future.
The modern-day kids are well exposed and would have developed various skills such as reading, writing, computers, analytical etc., Hence, the course of study can be selected, based on the existing skills set too.
While I was drafting this blog, I happened to meet a student who can speak Kannada, English, Hindi, Urdu, French fluently and currently trying to master Korean. It is pretty clear that the student can think of something that is related to languages, global communication and cultural studies, international marketing, a translator and many more. However, she must have basic graduation too.
There isn’t one way of choosing the best course. The analysis and assessments can be done keeping the micro factors of a student and macro factors in the environment in education and professions. What matters are a holistic view and an open-minded approach?
At MICA, my team and I dedicate a good amount of time in assessing and understanding a student’s background, strengths, weakness, aspirations, skills sets, and macro issues to advice the best course. I extend an invitation to you too to visit us and have a free counseling session to choose the best course and subjects that suits you the most. I wish you all the very best.
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