Married to the right education?
Choosing a university study programme is a bit like getting married. The wedding ring (diamond please, no zirconium) may take up almost your entire savings. Not to mention the gowns, photography, dinner to feed the in-laws, relatives and friends, tipping the bridesmaids, hiring the BMW, going on a honeymoon to Santorini… Phew!
A study programme may not be so taxing, financially, but it’s still going to cost you some. Just like fishing for a life partner, there are so many good universities and their programmes to choose from. What are you going to do?
Determine your career goal
If you plan to land a job in a selected industry, such as technology, retail, social services, or financial, do some research to identify a career that matches your interest!
Your career goal will help you decide which study subject is suitable.
Next, choose the overseas university that offers the study programme. It goes without saying that the university you choose must be officially accredited by its national education authorities. A university without accreditation is like a race horse with three legs – would you put your money on it?
At SIM Global Education, all our partner universities are not just accredited but are among the best in the world. To make assurance double sure (as Shakespeare says in Macbeth), you can also search the university for testimonials from past students and read news reports about the institution.
Find a programme that makes study challenging but enjoyable
You’re paying good money for your education, so make the learning process enjoyable, no matter how challenging. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you will benefit greatly, not just in terms of passing exams but in acquiring the skill sets for your working life.
Differences in programme offerings
Different programmes require different time commitment. Some programmes involve mostly independent study with close supervision and have tutorials which are not compulsory.
Other programmes have compulsory attendance at lectures, tutorials and revision workshops.
So, make sure your work commitment and your study commitment can fit.
How do you pass
Some programmes are mostly exam-based while others are more diverse, requiring you to do a combination of projects, assignments and presentations, as well as sitting for the exam.
Be realistic in assessing whether you have the time and energy, especially if you’re already holding a full-time job.
Don’t just study and mug for exams. At SIM Global Education, we will do our best to help you in personal development and enrichment, with sports, social activities and other co-curricular programmes.
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