CHOOSING THE RIGHT GRADUATE PROGRAM FOR UNDERGRADS
Your life your choice, absolutely right; but what if it’s the wrong choice? We are sometimes brought at the brink of deciding; we have to make a choice which may be for the best or it can cause a lot of damage. Similar is the case for academics when under-grads have to decide which program to opt for? The decision comes up so suddenly and holds such significant value that it burdens the poor souls into making the wrong choice which they, of course, regret for the rest of their lives.
So if we were to have a guide on which program to choose, which major to follow, what direction to head to, and where we want to see our future self standing for undergrads; I’m pretty sure it will make a New York best seller is relatively small time. But no need to wait for such a miracle; we have composed this piece with this specific question in mind and come up with best tricks and tips to guide every undergrad student and help them make the right choice for their future.
But here’s an important question you must ask yourself beforehand:
Can You Finance It?
Here’s the most important and fundamental question which most of the students fail to consider and make blunders along the way. You have a specific interest but are you financially stable enough to support your academic journey? Can your parents financially support you or are they willing to? This also includes the options whether you can apply for a scholarship, grant or financial aid. If yes, then there is a variety of graduate programs to choose from which we fill keep filtering with the tips provided below. But if you can’t finance your academic journey, opt for more economic programs which hold actual market value. You can look for such programs in community colleges or other vocational institutes.
If you have the financial support, then congratulations. Let’s move to the next point.
Choosing a Program:
This is perhaps the most important part. Let’s assume you have the financial support needed to enroll in any program; which one will you go for? Here’s a list of guiding points that you can use for directions:
- Make a list of fields and careers you have a personal interest in. You have to decide what is it you want to do with your future; so pause, think, debate, and then decide on what is it that is both interesting in terms of studies and promising in terms of a professional career.
- Once you have decided on a number of options (try to keep it between 2-5), it is time to conduct some research. Research on the future prospects of each program and go for high-growth fields.
- Know your strength and weaknesses. If you are good in math and have strong scientific understanding, programs that incorporate engineering, Mathematics, and Physics are good choices. If you have an interest in computers, programming or IT, go for programs that incorporate computer sciences. If you have a broad mindset and good management and inter/intrapersonal skills, choose from a variety of BBA’s and further it by going for an MBA.
Often, students fail to account for their academic skills and try to go after programs that promise a flourishing professional career. If you lack certain skills that are essential for a program, it is best to look for another option. Even if you can qualify and enroll in such a program, chances of you finishing it are rather slim. It is our advice to carefully analyze your academic strengths and weaknesses and choose a graduate program accordingly.
We will again remind you to conduct thorough and proper research on the programs you have decided on and still keep a margin for changing your mind in case you discover you are not the right fit for it. Don’t be disheartened if the program of your dreams is not the right fit for you. There are plenty of programs out there that are both, challenging and fruitful.
So the take away is; do a lot of research, identify your skills, shortlist programs of your choice, and decide o the one that is logically appropriate for you. It may seem a bit too mechanical but you will thank us later for having made the right choice for your future.