Written by Ratul Sarkar
BSc (Hons) Games Technology
Okay people, I am not going to lie to you, but this is a really heavy and complex topic.
I mean you’ve probably got some ideas in your head about what course you are going to study at university and where you might end up having a job after, but trust me when I say this, take time thinking about what interests you and what you really want to do rather than making a spur of the moment decision because you like doing something as a hobby or you think in your head it will be cool doing it or all of your friends seem to be doing it. You will quickly grow out of your illusion and then you will feel like you are stuck doing something you don’t want and the worst thing is you are going to have to pay for something you don’t exactly see a future in.
While deciding what career path you are going to take, try to factor in a number of points.
- Remember, just because you have scored really well in history or mathematics at your school does not mean you really want to do it. Think back to your times when you were studying a variety of subjects in school, what was the one thing you didn’t mind doing over and over again while studying?
- What was that one subject that you wanted to study more than anything else?
- Where do you see yourself working or what do you see yourself doing 10-15 years down the line? Is it in front of a computer writing software applications or is it inside an investment bank having a heated discussion over a trade deal or advising on a merger and acquisition?
- Do you see yourself unearthing some long-lost secret of an extinct civilisation or behind a camera directing your new independent venture of a film?
These are just some of the things that I feel you might need to consider when deciding upon your career path. But, remember whichever course you choose, go over the pros and cons, and the respective struggle associated with each choice of career. You get to live and study at uni only once, so make sure that it is worth every bit of your time and money. Good Luck!
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