Choosing a university or college course is an important life decision. How you choose a university or college course determines your career success. Education is the key to success. This is an adage that most Kenyans can resonate with. Songs have been done for this old age. Kenya’s job market is not growing commensurate to the number of graduates released each year. Choosing a program that can land you a job is a key to success. Training institutions offer a variety of programs.
How do you choose a course?
Parents, guardians, and the environment may influence your career choices. Most parents and guardians would like their children to pursue courses of their choice. However, the choice may not be rewarding or easy to find a job. Before choosing a course do thorough research. There are various key considerations that you can look at.
Passion for doing a certain task is a driving force. Passion can grow your determination in developing and building your personal brand around your career. The brand attracts good returns.
Do a reality check and avoid local thinking. The world is a global village. This is well demonstrated by the coronavirus pandemic. Whatever is happening in other parts of the world should inform the choice of your course. We are in the information age and as such a course in line with this will attract employability. Information technology, Information communication technology, computer science, and software engineering align well.
Understanding the dynamic of your chosen industry is important. Once you have understood the industry dynamic, choose a course that then leads you to your career path. You do not want to start a career in a flooded or dying industry.
A two-part degree comes in handy as it increases your employability. A course blended with an aspect of IT, management or communication is better than just a single course.
Once you have settled on a course, pay attention to the course subject. Course subjects will help you identify the potential of the course. For instance, a teaching course without pedagogy is a low deal.
Look at the course qualification in terms of aggregate grade and cluster points. Do not take shortcuts-you may end up regarding. If your preferred course has higher qualification criteria, you can start from its lower equivalent and work your way up.
How to choose a training institution.
Having decided on which course you want to undertake, you have to carefully select a training institution. Again here there are considerations to make.
Choose a reputable training institution. A reputable institution offers quality training hence their graduates are preferred by potential employers. In Kenya, the University of Nairobi is the most reputable higher learning institution.
Choose an institution that offers a mode of study that suits you. Mode of study range from online, blended, institution base to face to face.
You could also consider school fees, payment terms, and payment deadlines. You do not want to start learning and later drop out or call off due to school fee issues.
How to get skills and experience
Employers always look for an experienced person during the hiring process. You can gain this experience during training. Where an option of a project is provided, do a school project instead of theoretical subjects.
Offer pro bono work to the community.
To increase your skills level go for attachment and internships.