Making the decision to upgrade yourself academically? Maybe one of the most important decisions you ever have to make in your life. You want to be sure you make the right choice from the onset, to set you on the right path. Start by asking yourself the following questions:
WHY DO I WANT TO STUDY?
1st TIP: One of the first things you have to establish before you even apply for a degree is why you are looking to study. If, for example, you are looking to extend a certain skill you have, then you should start by researching courses that are in fields close to your skill set, and will become a natural progression of your existing skills and qualifications. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you are just out of high school but have attended some first aid classes in school that you really excelled in and felt passionate about. That can be your starting point right there! Let’s say you wish to improve your qualifications for a career boost or to improve your current standing with your employer, in this case, you could start by discussing with some superiors in your industry to find out what additional skill sets are sought after in the industry. At times you could be looking to diversify your knowledge or simply change your career path. You might want to research which professional fields are related to your current field, in which case your accumulated experience and qualifications would act as a boost in your chosen career path. A journalist can upgrade their qualifications with a degree or MBA in Public Relations or Marketing.
WHICH SPECIFIC DEGREE IS THE RIGHT ONE?
2ND TIP: Now that you have done the self-introspection and know where you want to go, it’s time to narrow down your options and select the perfect course for yourself. You will find that within certain faculties there will be courses that are very closely related, yet in effect lead to different career paths.
For instance, at Botho Universities faculty-of-computing you will find: A Certificate in network
administration or a Certificate in computer hardware maintenance networking. The two belong to the same field, but you want to be sure which qualification would point you in the specific path you are most interested in.
HOW CAN I BE PRACTICAL?
3RD TIP: When you are pretty much certain where you want to go, then it’s time to evaluate yourself
from a realistic point of view. How much can you afford in pursuing this study course, without getting into debt or upsetting your standard of living? Think about flights, accommodation, tuition, and cost of living. You might need to establish a co-sponsor before you make a serious decision on what to study. It might be approaching your parents/guardian, your partner or employer in order to establish if they are in a position you assist you in your endeavors and establish a realistic budget. You may also have to analyze course durations instead of opting for a fulltime course and upgrade yourself level by level.
HOW DO I WANT TO STUDY?
4TH TIP: By now, you probably have an idea of the direction that is most practical for you. The last thing you want is to find yourself failing because you can’t keep up with the study method you chose. You might prefer courses that set overall final exams, but another person prefers regular assignments that keep you busy throughout the year. Some prefer theory, whilst others like the practical (
Choose a course that suits your study style, and you will be more confident in your success.
WHERE SHOULD I STUDY?
5TH TIP: This may be the last step you take but it is certainly not the least important, in fact, it might be your most critical decision yet! There are a lot of things to consider on this one, for the physical/blended learning option, you might want to consider a country with readily available internship and graduate work opportunities in that industry or a city that has access to specific resources. For instance, Botho University’s BSc-Hons-in-hospitality management and is perfectly placed considering its campuses that are placed in countries that have a thriving tourism industry. In doing your research, you’ll come up with all kinds of different criteria to judge a course by.
A good approach is to make a shortlist of the top three features you’re looking for. Fortunately, Botho University offers a variety of study options, blended, distance learning or physical campuses so it should be easy to see where you fit easily. What could be perfect for you might be totally wrong for someone else? So, make the right decision for you!
Visit https://online.bothouniversity.com/ today to find out which courses and study option suits you best.