Choosing a study: A handy step-by-step plan!

Do you need help choosing a course? Then we have prepared a handy step-by-step plan to help you. This step-by-step plan is useful if you already knew what you wanted to become at a young age, and if you still have no idea at all. By following these steps you will discover which training suits you.

Step 1: Ask yourself questions

Still not sure what you would like to study? Then ask yourself questions. What do you like? What are your hobbies? Where are your interests? For example, do you enjoy working with children or do you like to sit behind the computer? Do you already see yourself sailing around the world or would you rather tinker with your scooter in the garage?

Also think about what you find important in a study. Do you want guaranteed work after graduation or, for example, prefer to be able to cycle from home to the university of applied sciences. These answers also help you to choose a study program and college that really suits you. Whether or not you already know which direction you want to go.

Step 2: Orient

Then orientate yourself carefully on which courses are available that match your interests. There are probably more than you think! Would you like to do something with children? Then you can look at a teacher training course for Primary Education, Pedagogy or Social Work. If you are interested in technology, Engineering, Architecture or Civil Engineering might be something for you. Interested in media and communication? Then Commercial Economics can really suit you. In short, also take a look at comparable studies and who knows, you might find your dream study among them.

Step 3: Deepen

Okay, you now have a list of courses. Time to immerse yourself in these courses. Because what do you really know about the training? Check, among other things, which courses you are going to take? And what are the admission requirements? How many internships do you have to do? How many lessons do you have? What different specializations are offered? What can you do with it after you graduate? And so on. Also take a look at the various colleges that offer the training. And what are the differences between the universities of applied sciences. For example, do you have to do more internships at one university of applied sciences or do you mainly work on projects at another university of applied sciences. Do the schools offer the same type of subjects and do you have to live in a room or can you continue to live at home?

Step 4: Strip away

Whether you have a long or short list, it is often easier to cross out options before making a final decision. Think to yourself ‘does this really seem like something to me’ and ‘I really see myself doing this’. If the answer is no, then cross that course off your list. If your answer is yes or maybe, then that study option will remain for a while. Also look at the colleges. Where do you see yourself studying and where not. You should also consider whether or not you want rooms, and whether you prefer a large or smaller university of applied sciences.

Step 5: Compare

So, your list is probably a lot shorter after the previous step. But which study is ultimately the best choice for you? Time to compare! Make a list of ‘pros and cons’ for each study program and university of applied sciences. Add all the pros together and subtract the score from the cons. You can use these final grades to make a top 3 or even a top 1 for yourself.

Step 6: Ask around

You are already a long way further than step 1, but the question still remains: what and where are you going to study? You know after the previous step. Beautiful! However, if you still have any doubts, ask around. What do your parents think? What are your friends saying? It is also good to talk to a student from the HZ and to hear what it is like to study at the HZ and what exactly the training entails. This way you are sure to make an informed decision.

Step 7: Listen to your gut

You now know which study program(s) you like, which college (or colleges) are interested in you and you have listed all important information for yourself. The last step, however, is to listen carefully to your gut feeling. What and where would YOU really like to study.

For example, do you choose a study because the rest of your family has also done this study? Do you want to go to college, because you have completed HAVO, but middle school is better for you? Do you think that with a certain education you do not have good chances on the labor market? Or would you rather take a year off first? It is important to really listen to your own feelings and to choose a training that really suits you. You are ultimately the one who must be motivated enough to follow the study.

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