Education plays a vital role in our life and getting the right education must be a priority for everyone. While growing up, everyone has interest in some or the other field, so, in case of moving to a foreign country for higher education, one must look for courses that cater to one’s interest. Each and every university and college has different course offerings depending upon their availability.

As one begins to wrap up the last year of high school and starts to make key decisions for future education, choosing a major can be difficult. One may know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their life and how are they going to get there but, there are several students who may have no clue. There’s a lot of fuss amongst students about picking up courses. In most cases, children look towards their peers and feel like they could also do the same course. Many students don’t even think about their interest before selecting somethingand opt for random courses. There are children who just pursue courses in order to move to the other country and eventually, end up in a mess.

New experiences, academic and career investigation, and testing the waters are all valuable parts of a university education. Prior to going to a university, the only course subjects you usually have experienced are those taught in high school. Most high schools teach the traditional core subjects that are just necessary for a high school diploma, but they do not include a variety of subjects, which are often available only at a university. Most students have never experienced sociology, women’s studies, forestry, outdoor recreation, business, indigenous learning and social work. How are they supposed to choose a program without ever having the opportunity to get a taste of these different subjects? This is why all programs have electives so you can do some investigation on different subjects during your first and second year.

When you do choose a program, take heart – it is not set in stone. According to a study, it is revealed that an average student across North America tends to change his program three times during the course of his higher education and also often changes careers several times. This could be easily changed if one is aware about a lot of options available in the domain of education.

Choosing a program made easier!

• If you are looking for a program that will allow you to enter directly into a specific career after graduation, then professional programs like engineering, social work, nursing etc. will allow you to do so.

• Talk to faculty, friends, family and other students about their careers and major choices.

• Evaluate your skills. How well do they match your interests? Narrow down your choices by doing research into different areas.

• If you are uncertain but you know you want Humanities (English, History, Philosophy), apply to a Humanities program and see if you like it. There are more than enough options for electives built into the first and second year that allows you to change your mind later.

• If you know you want to be in Science but are unsure which specific major, use your first year’s electives to try out your options to help you figure it out.

• If you are not sure whether to apply for a 3-year BA or a 4-year HBA, apply to the 4-year HBA as you can always go down, but you may not be able to switch up. What is a program Major?

• A major is a concentration of courses that will focus and shape your academic, intellectual and developmental experiences.

• A major should interest and excite you.

• A major will be one third to three quarters of your total coursework depending on which major you choose.

• A major is only one piece of the educational puzzle.

• A major does not necessarily define your career path!

Each post-secondary school has its own set of rules on how to applyand decides what level of English or French you will need to be accepted. For more information on post-secondary schools, contact:

• Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

• Association of Canadian Community Colleges

• Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Also, one may visit “EduCanada”to get detailed profiles, requirements, application and admission information for programs of study at Canadian CEGEPs, vocational schools, colleges and universities.

Navjeet Nijjhar

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