Career Tips

CAREER TIPS

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    Be Clear on your line of study


    There are too many options to choose from for higher education today, the right option would however be the one that is close to your heart and interest.

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    Be Prepared for your line of study


    While developing and being clear on your line of study is one side, the other larger picture though is to be prepared for it, accumulating knowledge required on your line of study and your own individual preparedness counts more than mere being clear on your line of study.

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    Qualify for your line of study


    Each subject in the higher education stream demands a minimal performance grade and marks and has its own set of qualifying norms; you should be able to be geared up and should have to meet those minimum entry criteria.

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    Pay attention to course details


    Make sure your number one course covers modules that are suitable for you – browse through the course outline so you know what to expect. I wish I'd realised that a module title is one thing, but the 'unit guide' for each section is really where the information lies.

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    Research the Institution


    Assess the institution, including international reputation, quality of teaching, course content, class size and location. Also, look at what kind of candidates the institution may be looking for. Flexibility and diversity within the course, Can you bring in subjects from other disciplines or undertake a research component?.

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    Research the time and money involved


    Additional features which will add value to your experience. For example, will the institution connect you with professionals in your chosen field? Are there services such as language-learning support or opportunities to travel?

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    Seek out for information


    Read. Materials sent by colleges can be a valuable resource, but it's important to bear in mind that there's a lot more to a college than those glossy photos of students lunching on a grassy knoll. And if a college you like doesn't send you a brochure, by all means, go ahead and request one, or seek information online. Request all the information you want. At this point, you just want to be informed. You are not making any commitments.

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    Consider the size


    Smaller colleges boast a more intimate classroom experience, but larger colleges often have a wider variety of classes and activities. Where would you thrive? If you want your professors to know your name and to be able to offer you one-on-one assistance, a smaller college might be a better choice. The campus atmosphere is also usually more like a close-knit community.

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    Consider the Location


    Consider the distance from home. It is important to be realistic here. Many students are cavalier about wanting to leave home and go as far away as possible. Moving away from home is a big deal, so think seriously about what it's going to be like and whether or not you want to be on the other side of the world from your family. On the other hand, this is a good chance to get out and experience new things, so don't be afraid to challenge yourself -- just be honest with yourself when you are deciding what that means for you.

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    Consider your finances


    Students do not have to rule out a college just because the cost seems astronomical. If it is your dream college, you can still apply, but be sure to fill out financial aid and scholarship forms. There is a lot of money available for students, but you have to look for it. Fortunately, financial aid administrators at most colleges are there to help you. That is not to say money is no object when choosing a college, but determine what your resources are and keep that in mind when choosing a college. Just remember it doesn't have to be the sole factor in your decision.

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    Consider academics and your plans


    A college's academics should also be high on your list of criteria. After all, getting a good education is what this is all about. You might be swayed by a college's prestigious reputation or rankings in national magazines. These are not bad things to consider, but they are not the only things that should matter. Just because a college receives accolades doesn't mean it's perfect or, more importantly, perfect for you. That's not to say that going to the top college for a particular program won't be an asset if that is your chosen path of study. It is just another factor to consider and weigh accordingly.

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    Find out more about your professors and lecturers


    Whatever you want to study, it's worthwhile researching the lecturers and unit modules to find out their research interests. And for a design-based course, attend the end-of-year graduation show. You'll be able to see students' work, talk to them and get a real understanding of what the pros and cons are of the college.

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    Enquire about hostel, mess, transportation and other facilities


    It's important to venture outside the campus: look at the costs of buses, off-campus and in campus hostel accommodation, the food facilities, the shops etc…. See if the environment suits your personality and taste.

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    Check out the support networks


    Everyone wants to have an amazing time at college, but when the going gets tough it's important to have a strong support network around you. I've found when you are on a course such as nursing, which is emotionally, mentally and physically draining, you need people around you who you can turn to.

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    Check out research and development activities


    One of the best parts of any higher education program is the availability of opportunities to carry out research and development, before choosing a course or a college find out the avenues, the opportunities and the infrastructure provided for the same.

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    Check out on industry interface programs


    The success of any higher education program lies in the acceptance of the students passing out of it by the industry, find out how much of industry interface programs that your institution offers and also find out what types and sizes of industries visit your campus for these programs.

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    Check out on work experiences opportunities


    See if the college you are going to join has interesting internship, apprenticeship and employment driven programs and has also got a decent network of industries assisting in the same.

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    Check out on cultural and sporting activities


    Find out how of much of interest the college offers for cultural and sporting activities and the facilities that they provide towards the same like clubs, fine arts, sporting arenas, gyms etc.

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    Check out on admission procedures


    Once you have zeroed in on an institution check out of what are their admission procedures, like important dates, eligibility criteria, application and selection procedures etc.

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    Do not be perturbed by criticisms


    A million people will have million opinions – Do not be bothered on what people say or criticize you for, your goal should always be your vision.

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