I don’t know what career I want to have

Deciding on your academic and even working future can sit hand-in-hand when choosing a university or degree course when leaving college or sixth form college, however, for students who don’t know what career they want to have after they graduate this can be really tough. All students need to base their decisions that work best and will continue to work best for them when applying to university, in fact, many students find themselves asking “Does going to university get you a good career?”

Firstly, it’s perfectly normal for students to feel pressured mapping out their future, especially at very young age, and if you haven’t made a decision then you don’t force it upon yourself. Everybody has a ‘calling’ in life, which means a job that is perfect for them usually in more than one way and for some individuals they don’t realise what this is until much later. However, that also means that you don’t have spent the next three years trying to ‘find’ it either! When you find out what you want to do for the rest of your life (whether aged 18, 38 or 68) you’ll definitely know.

Secondly, if a student is unsure of what to do career-wise after university, the best thing is to apply for degree courses that they’ll have a lot of passion and enthusiasm for. Hobbies, passions and ideologies that students agree with and love doing are a great place to start when it comes to choosing a university or a degree course. Remember, you’ll be studying this subject – and everything it entails, and we mean everything – for three to four years and that is a long time to choose something you think you ‘should’ over what you know you should.

Also, as you’ll be studying something that you hold great passion towards, the majority of the time, you will probably find what you’ve been looking for during your journey. University really helps to open minds and inspire students in all areas, and you’ll find something along the way.

Even if you find that you haven’t found what you want to do, the most important thing is that you stuck to your guns and studied something that you held a lot of passion for, and continued that passion throughout the entirety of your degree course – which will also reflect on your results.

It is always better to study something you love than something you hate/dislike, therefore, choosing a business degree, for example, just because you think it’ll get you a job once you graduate won’t guarantee anything, which means you can pick a course that is directed towards a degree.