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Choosing The Right Degree

Posted by 123tutors on September 27, 2020

Entering university is the next step in education for many people and sometimes it can be a difficult path. Often it is restricted by finances (somewhere a textbook is smirking), insufficient marks (try a tutor) and conflict with parents (ouch). Swapping degrees and choosing the correct one is usually where this tension arises. 123tutors would like to ease this transition and equip you with some information and ideas to structure your career options and ultimate choice. Answering the questions below should be a springboard to highlight your areas of interest.

1. What are the next 2 numbers in the sequence?

1, 1, 2, 3, ? ? For those that recognise it, yes it is the Fibonacci sequence (a famous number pattern). So each number is a sum of the previous two. It looks like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55… For those that are allergic to maths, try the next question and see if you enjoy it more. But for those that found this interesting click here to watch a great Ted Talk titled "the magic of Fibonacci numbers”. Career ideas: engineering, business, actuarial science, accountant, investment manager

2. What three literary texts do these quotes come from?

“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”“There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.” “I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps.” Quote one is from Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It. Quote two is from Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart. Quote three is from Adrienne Rich’s poem, Diving into the Wreck.Literature and language may be you’re calling. Like if you easily spotted that ‘you’re’ was supposed to be ‘your’ in the previous sentence. If not read on: Career ideas: journalist, writer (novels, poetry, scripts, screenplay), copy editor, columnist, advertising

3.What movement would each of these paintings fall under?


For those that adore art, this would have been easy to identify that picture 1 is Salvador Dalí's Surrealist painting: The Persistence of Memory. Picture 2 is Andy Warhol's Pop Art painting: Campbell's Soup Cans. Creative inclined futures are a viable option. You just need to be rigorous with your research and planning of career avenues. Career ideas: artist, museum curator, gallery owner, art teacher, private collector, art therapist, illustrator

4. What does this biological picture show?

You may have been excited to identify the mitosis captured in the above image. So if microscopes seem fascinating, blood does not terrify you and improving people's health feels vital, look at our ideas below.
Career ideas: doctor, veterinarian, botanist, phsyio, microbiologist, geneticist The questions above may not have contained content that interested you as there are an abundance of fields of interest. The career ideas are also only suggestions (only you can identify what excites you). This may be difficult for parents with rigid ideas about their child’s future. Our advice: keep an open mind.

Here is a list of ideas and resources you can use to narrow this selection down:

  • Make a list of your interests and skills. Start researching career options where these two headings intersect. It is vital you find a balance between something you enjoy and something you are good at.
  • Consult career guidance counsellors at your school or use private ones (usually for a fee).
  • Take online personality and career tests (use more than one for accuracy: Resource 1. Resource 2.).
  • Research. Research. Research. Especially if you are trying to convince a parent. Evidence and information goes a long way.
  • Job shadow or apply for an internship. Seeing a job in action will give you valuable insight.
  • Finally, get great marks. This maximizes your options later in the future, even if you are uncertain. Let 123tutors help you widen your options and book a lesson today.

For university students that feel their current degree is not working for them, here are a few steps to inform your swap.

  • Consult student advisors, career counsellors, faculty members and other students studying the degree you want to switch to.
  • Research the internal application process and see if you have credits that can carry over.
  • Speak to those paying for your education (would it be better to finish your current course of study and then start a new degree? Remember: half degrees don’t count).
  • Your degree does not always confine your career. Say you are studying a business degree but have sacrificed your love of fashion, so you consider swapping over. But having a business background would probably fortify your impact in the fashion industry. Be judicious.

We live in a multidimensional society where skills can easily be transferred or adapted. But, we recommend that you book a lesson with one of our tutors before you swap your current field of study completely.
And if you do swap- we will be here to aid the transition....

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