Are you still struggling to choose your university major?
Almost all students go through this confusing phase in life. Don't worry because it’s completely normal to feel this way!
You are making a right decision to read this article as we will further guide you on how to choose the right course.
Should you pursue the same stream you took in high school or take another path where you can explore more?
Deciding your major is one of the most important decisions every student has to make. If you ended up pursuing the wrong course, you will not be able to enjoy what you are doing.
You don’t want to waste your time doing something you don’t like, do you?
Your enjoyment carries your overall university performance and experience. It determines your passion to continue your studies until you get to achieve the scroll. There are many aspects you have to consider before you come up to your final decision.
Check out the 7 pro tips below on how to decide your university major, and most importantly, making this decision-making process more effective and quicker:
1. Ask yourself why?
The first step you need to do is to question yourself why are you planning to continue your studies. Are you looking forward to achieving something valuable in future academically?
It’s time to set your end goal and the outcome you’re expecting to see in 3 to 5 years. For a high school leaver, your goal should be to gain a higher qualification that can guarantee you with better work placements.
If you have favourite subjects in school that interest you the most, it might help lead you where to go.
You can discuss your study options with your family and parents, get their opinions on what they have to say. If you are still in doubt, you can get help from our counsellors for free! They are just one Whatsapp away.
2. What are your interests?
Art stream or science stream? These two streams are basically the branches that grow the roots of different fields. It is really crucial to know what you are really interested in because you will only be attracted to study the subjects that excite you the most.
List the courses that are linked to your interests and see which one matches the best. Try to question yourself so you can visualise your expectations in your desired study path.
3. Consider the most important factors
Furthering studies involve many factors. You need to first signify the key factors that are related to you as an individual:
- Money: How much are you willing to spend?
- Duration: How long do you want to spend studying?
- Subject: Which course will provide you with the skills that you’ve always wanted to learn?
- Employability: Will this course bring me good benefits in terms of employment?
4. Study destination
Do you want to study locally or abroad? There are two destinations you have to take account of before deciding where do you want to go:
- What is the best country to specialise the course?
- What country do you think would be best to live for a few years?
There are many countries in the world that offer outstanding academic qualifications. You can choose a country that has various internships and work opportunities. It’s really up to the course you are planning to take.
Studying in a foreign country will expose you to new experiences like learning a new language, culture, meeting new friends and have a different approach to living your life.
While most people often see studying abroad as attractive, you should never underestimate the education system in Malaysia. There are many local universities that have been top listed by QS World University Ranking. This has proven that Malaysia educational institutions are catchingup towards world-class education.
With that being said, this is why doing research is important. Read the next step to find out how to make extensive research on where your study destination should be.
5. Do your research and homework
Now that you’re slowly getting the hang of it, you should probably already have a few courses in mind. You’ve probably heard the importance of research and we are here to emphasise the same thing.
Here are the steps you should take while doing your research:
a) Try to decide which pathway you want to take: STPM, Foundation Studies, A-Levels or Diploma? These are the possible study options you can take as a high school leaver.
b) Read on what the courses are all about: You can easily find details on the specific courses such as the requirements, tuition fees and top universities that offer the courses that you wanted.
Head over to our subject guides to find out the information on courses.
c) Attend open days and education fairs: These events are the best platform to get a one-to-one contact where you can inquire everything about the university and course, so you should not miss whenever this opportunity comes!
d) Google your worries away: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers.” Everything is accessible online. For simple and direct queries, Google is there to help and save your day just at your fingertips, make full use of it!
6. Prioritise what is important to you
You will come across different articles online that explain the courses you are searching for. Changing your decision multiple times is fine in the earlier phase.
Try to stick with your decision and don’t shift your choices. Make a shortlist of the best three courses you are planning to study and compare them with different variables. They could be the job opportunity, practical and theoretical experience, internships, tuition fees and more.
7. Take a reality check
Referring back to #3, this is where you have to start giving yourself a reality check before deciding. Can you afford the tuition fees? If you plan to study abroad, you also need to weigh on the travel expenditure and living cost.
Besides that, you are also required to score certain qualifications before you can apply to study the course. For example, English language proficiency tests. You need to make sure you can achieve the minimum requirement.
Yes, reality can confuse you but achievement doesn’t simply roll over to you that easily. You need to realistically consider and think about what you want to study. If you scored well in your exams, you can apply for scholarships to financially support your journey as a student.
8. Future career opportunity
You don’t want to pursue your studies without knowing what to become after you graduated. Although the future is uncertain, you can start planning it way ahead of time. If the course you want to major in promises you a good career opportunity, that is a good sign to go for it.
9. Narrow down your options
Keep in mind that every course has different specialisations. For example, the field of Engineering is divided into different areas like Civil Engineering, Software Engineering, Aviation and more. Carefully identify which one suits your area of interest.
Once you have gotten all the information, narrow down your options to 4 or 5 specialisations. Review the pros and cons based on the research you made. Don’t forget to consider your opinions and advice you received from your family, parents and counsellors.
The steps explained above cannot be done overnight. It takes time before you can get the final picture of the major you should take. If you’re still clueless about your journey after SPM, we have elaborated everything you need to know in our study guide.