What course should I study at uni?

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Not too sure what to study after school? Discover how you can find the most suitable course for yourself based on your career goals or passion here.

So you’re about to finish high school or already finished with school, and you’re probably asking yourself, “What course should I study at university?” With a little bit of self-reflection and some key considerations, you can start to narrow down your options. Here’s exactly what you need to ask yourself to get one step closer to figuring out the answer to “What uni course should I do?”

What are my interests?

The first question you should ask yourself when trying to figure out what you should study at uni is what your interests are. After all, you should be looking for a course that aligns with your passions and hobbies – if you’re interested in a subject, you are more likely to be motivated throughout the course of your studies.

If you love technology subjects at school, you might want to consider studying something like Business Information Systems, Information Technology or Cybersecurity. If you spend all your spare time in the kitchen, think about a course in Hospitality Management. Travel your thing? Give International Hotel and Resort Management a go. Love video games? Consider a Game Design and Programming course.

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What are my strengths?

In addition to considering your interests, it's also important to consider your strengths when choosing a course to study at university. This is because your strengths can help you determine what you are good at and what you can excel in.

For example, if you have a natural head for figures, Accounting might be your jam. If you have strong communication skills and enjoy working with people, you could consider studying Counselling.

What do I want my life to look like?

Another important question to ask yourself when choosing a course to study at university is what you picture for your life in the long term. The decisions you make now will help to make that vision a reality later.

Dreams of starting your own business might lead you towards an Entrepreneurship degree while a Design degree will help you enjoy life in a creative field. If you see yourself travelling a lot, maybe look at a Hospitality course. Check out the careers that are available to you within each course to guide you as you decide.

What are my values?

You should also choose a course that aligns with your values and beliefs. Whether you believe in the power of sport in society, recognise the importance of quality healthcare and mental health support or want to make tourism more sustainable, you can find a course that matches your values.

How long do I want to spend studying?

There’s no rule that says you have to commit to a bachelor’s degree right off the bat. Test the waters with a diploma. With an accelerated course of study, you can be done in just two trimesters.

A flexible pathway options means that if you decide you want to further your studies, you can take your diploma credit into a bachelor’s degree. Or you can just graduate with your diploma and begin your career.

If you’re still struggling with the “What course should I study” question, take the Career Crush quiz. In a few minutes, it identifies courses and careers you’re suited to based on your natural talents and interests. You can also get in touch with our Future Student Advisors or your own career advisor who can steer you in the right direction.

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