Some people know what they want to study and what they want to become like the back of their hand. They start building their foundations in a way that gets them closer to their goals. While some other people just can’t decide what they want to pursue, either because they are good at a lot of things, or because they feel they are good at none. In both cases, they need help and counselling to arrive at a decision to choose their higher studies and future plans.
Questions to ask yourself to know what you want to study
- What are you good at?
The very first question you need to answer is what you like to study that you are good at. Not only introspect on this, but also compare your grades in those subjects to assess what you are good at. Make a list of those subjects.
- What don’t you want to do?
Regardless of your like and dislike, figure out the subject that you don’t want to take up as your career. You can do this evaluating the job opportunities that you have in that field of study and the kind of work you’d have to do. Use your imagination and decide whether or not you think you want to take it up as your specialization.
- Are you thinking practically?
Yes, thinking practically is a good thing and it doesn’t mean you are killing your soul. It means that you are thinking about your future and your potential development in your career.
If you are stuck between choosing one option of two that you like, think about the kind of university that provides sufficient education that can prepare you to earn your living; the availability and affordability of such a university, and the scope for long- term growth. It is also possible to take up one of the choices as a major career path while pursuing a minor in the other one, so that you can study both but also build clear goals without letting your enthusiasm about various things disrupt your ammbitions.