What to do if you don’t know what to study?

Deciding what to study at the University can be a very hard and crucial decision to make. If you are one of those lucky ones that already know or found themselves enjoying a particular field or subject, then you probably already know which direction to take in the future.

However, if you are among the ones that don’t have any clue yet (including me back then…it isn’t that easy to decide what you want to do with your life at the age of 18, is it?) don’t worry, because there are more options and solutions than you may think!michaela2

Choosing a course is an important decision, however, it does not mean that you have to work in the same area after you graduate or that you can’t purely choose a course based on something you love – there are some unique courses out there.

Some students may already be oriented towards a certain academic direction, others end up choosing a completely different path because there are many options out there.

Couldn’t find a course that would cover all your interests? What about a Joint Honours degree  which allows you to study two subjects. Combinations may vary, but some are for instance: Business Management & Psychology, Creative Digital Media & Animation, Sport Studies & Human Nutrition and many more.

Nevertheless, you can always change the course in the beginning of your studies. So, if you feel like the course you have chosen is not your cup of tea, you can then change it.

My friend had the same dilemma and changed his course completely from Geography to Animation. Or you can stick to the academic department and change your Accounting course to Business Management, for example.

In case you know what are interested in, but can’t find the course that relates to that, try the Inspire Me tool, which should be able to generate a list of potential courses based on your interests.


Also, getting in touch with students, who study a particular course that you fancy may help you when choosing. There are some student stories on this blog or check them on the website.

To sum up, don’t worry if you don’t know what to study -you are not the only one! And don’t worry if you end up choosing a wrong course either, University years are all about trying, experiencing and giving it a go.

It is better to switch the course after 1 year at the University and losing a “year of your life” (emphasis on these quotation marks) this way, than to end up studying what you don’t enjoy and struggle in the future.

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