Luckily for me, my decision to study Geography at university was fairly straight forward. I always enjoyed the subject throughout school and it was something I was quite good at. However, for the majority of people it’s not an easy decision. With thousands of courses to choose from, how can you decide which is the best for you? Here are some of my top tips…
1) Pick something you enjoy
This is arguably the most important thing. I’ve always had a keen interest in nature and the environment so I knew studying Geography would combine my interests with a degree course. By choosing a subject you enjoy, you’re much more likely to have success with your studies and be engaged throughout your time at university. Don’t pick a course because all your friends are doing it or if your parents think it’s a good idea. It’s your education and you should pick something you want to study.
My top tip would be if you’re torn between two subjects try looking at joint-honours degree courses.
2) Remember your course won’t restrict you
Just because you decide to study one subject it doesn’t mean that you are restricted to a job in that area. Although some jobs require specific skills or knowledge, many people start careers that are unrelated to their course as employers often look for university graduates rather than specific degrees. Gaining a degree takes time and hard work and develops a number of transferrable skills which is favourable to employers.
Now that I have completed my degree I am working in a job that is not related to Geography but without my degree I wouldn’t have been able to do it, because it uses various skills that I learnt whilst studying.
3) Always attend an Open Day
When I visited Worcester on an open day I spoke to one of the Geography lecturers who was able to discuss in detail the course content. I found this really useful and it also confirmed that the course was right for me. After I’d looked around the university I took a trip into Worcester city centre and was impressed by the number of shops, bars and restaurants.
My top tip is to go along to university open days where you will be able to talk through any questions you have with lecturers and discuss different degree courses.