5 Steps to Choosing The Right Course For You

It is not easy to to find the right course to study. It is a big decision, that you need to properly consider. Luckily, we at Skills Academy would like to help you. All you have to do is follow this 5 step process that will help lead you to the course of your dreams.


Step 1: Figure Out Why You Want To Study

This is the most important step. Figuring out exactly why you would like to study, because this determines exactly what courses you should consider. It also helps you to have a deep motivation when it comes to your studies.

Here are some common reasons for studying and how it will affect your decision:

  • To Get Better At Your Job: If you want to get better at your job and possibly get a promotion then studying is definitely the way to go. However you should find out what kind of course your boss, thinks you should do, so that you can guarantee the course improves your work ability.
  • Getting A New Job: If your goal is to get a new job, then you need to find out what course, you need to do to qualify for your new job. Once you figure that out the decision of what course to study is easy.
  • Learning New Things:  If you want to study something because it interests you or you just want to dive deeper into your hobby, the choice is easy. Study what you have an interest in. Often this might even lead into a job.
  • Starting A Business: If you are looking to start your own business studying is a great first step. It will help you gain the necessary skills to start and manage a business. All you need to do is look for a course you feel will improve your management and entrepreneurial skills you feel are lacking.

There are many more reasons for wanting to study, so if those reasons are not one of yours, it’s okay. All you have to do is find out the most important aspect that you want to study and focus on that. However if you are still unsure of what to study you can always do a career test. That will help you figure out exactly why and what you should study.


Step 2: Find Out What Job You Want For Your Future

You should consider what job you think you will enjoy, and if you would like to do that job for your foreseeable future. If you have a clear passion for a job the it will always help to study in that direction. This is especially relevant if you are studying to better your career. If you are studying just because you are interested in something and like to learn more, then it is still worthwhile. You are building into your interests and passions and that could very easily lead into a job. The best part of this job would be that you have a real interest in it.

It also helps to consider where this job will lead you and to make sure you will enjoy your future job. It won’t help studying for a job you are just going to hate, because you will try get out of that job.

Step 3: Will I be Accepted For the Course I Want To Study

This is also an important step. Once you identify what course you would like to study, you need to make sure that you fulfil the course requirements for entering this course. This will differ depending on the institutions that you want to study at.

Universities, normally require you to pass grade 12 and to get certain marks for specific subjects. You can also study at an FET college, when you study at an FET college you normally only need a grade 9 or 10 certificate making it much easier to study at a College.

Some unique institutions require you to have work experience before you study a particular course with them, while others also have age requirements. You need to make sure of these requirements when looking to study a particular course.


Step 4: Get The Support of Your Friends and Family

This step may not seem important but it really helps, when you have the support of your friends and family when you study. You should explain to them why you have made the decision to study and what exactly you are going to study. This will allow you to feel much better about your studies, if you have the support and encouragement of all those close to you.


Step 5: Start Your Studies

Now that you know what you want to study, know that you can study it and have the support of those who care about you it’s time to start. Make a commitment to yourself to start studying as soon as you are able. Why delay when it comes to bettering your future.

Last updated: December 12th 2017

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