“Help me choose the right course”. I hear this so often from someone who knows they need to study further, but is finding it hard to make such a big decision. This decision will affect your career, the job you do and whether you can easily find a job now and in the future. It is a big decision, and you should take the decision seriously. Here are 5 steps to help you.
5 Steps to Choosing The Right Course For You
At TWP Academy we see ourselves as your partner as you study. But you need to be on the right course if you want to be successful. Here are 5 steps to help you, and remember you can call our experienced course experts any time to get help, information and guidance as you make this life changing decision.
Step 1: Why Do You Want To Study?
This is probably the hardest and the most important step in the process. This will help you make all the other decisions you have to make when it comes to making a final choice on what course to study. Remember that once you understand this question it will keep you focused and motivated throughout your studies, so take the time to really question yourself and get to the heart of this question.
Here are some common reasons that come up when people start to think about this:
- So that you can increase your knowledge: Studying new things that you are interested in is also a great reason to sign up for a course. You will be sure to keep interested and motivated, and it may lead to a job in an area that you enjoy.
- To be able to do your job better: Studying courses that help you do better at your current job is an excellent strategy. You will be much more likely to do the job better, to get promotions, and increase your prospects inside the company you currently work for.
- If you want to start your own business: Starting your own business is quite daunting task, and it is quite easy to fail. Getting more knowledge about how businesses run, or in the industry where you want to own a business is a very sensible decision! Courses in management and entrepreneurship are a good idea if this is your reason.
- To get a new job: If you have a particular job in mind you need to first figure out what course you need to study to best qualify you for the kind of job you want to apply for in the future. Our course experts can really help you in this area so call us if you need help on this one.
Of course there are many other reasons, but this might spark your thinking and help you to get to the real reason why you want to study.
Step 2: What job do you want to do in the future?
You spend so much of your time at work, you may as well think about what kind of work you would enjoy! List all the areas that interest you, and match them up to possible jobs you could do. Make sure that you do not accidentally end up in a job that you hate - a little bit of early planning can make sure that this nightmare scenario does not happen!
Step 3: Understand the entrance requirements for potential courses
It is no good setting your sites on a course that you do not have the entrance requirements to study. For example if you have a grade 10 you wont be accepted at a university. However, we have many fully accredited courses that you can study if you have a grade 10, so don't lose hope! If your long term dream is to get a university qualification, we can help with that too! Our courses can get you all the way to NQF level 6, which is two levels higher than a matric. And we can then help you move over to a course that takes you all the way to a university level qualification!
Step 4: Make sure your friends and family support you
Talk your ideas through with friends and family. You will find that they have ideas you have not yet thought of, and if you involve you in the decision process then they will support you so much more when you are actually studying. You may not realise it now but having the support of friends and family can be the critical factor that keeps you motivated to complete your qualification.
Step 5: Sign up to your course
You will now be able to chose the right course for you with confidence. You know why you wanted to study, what job it should lead to and whether you will be able to meet the entrance requirements. You have the support of friends and family and you can now take that plunge and sign up for the course of your dreams.
Help me choose the right course
If you are still not sure after answering all of these questions please call us and our subject experts will be very happy to help further. Fill in the form on this page and we will get right back to you.
If you want to talk to us now call us on our toll free number: 0800 39 00 27.
Last updated: September 24, 2018