Tips on Choosing Your Degree – OurWarwick

Tips on Choosing Your Degree

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It’s that time of the year when prospective university students are making their final decisions on their degree. Considering I am nearing the end of my first year as a History of Art undergraduate, it feels appropriate to share a few reminders and tips to keep in mind that I used when choosing my degree…

  1. Your degree does not define you. One thing to keep in mind when deciding what you want to study, is that you are not defined by the subject you have chosen to study. In my university halls I am surrounded by mainly undergraduates of academic subjects, but they are also enthusiastic crafters, sportspeople, and chefs! Always remember there will be room in your life for your hobbies and they will inevitably be your escape from work.
  2. Don’t panic. Many prospective university students will be in the position where they simply don’t know what subject area they want to study let alone a specific subject. You may not want to continue what you studied during A-Levels or you want to try something new. If you are in the position that I was in where my chosen subject at university was not an option for A-Levels, look at university course descriptions and if you’re really lost – contact the department at the university.
  3. Rumours should not be your deciding factor. Do not let previous stigmas get in the way of your decision. Studying History of Art as an A-Level is typically for private institutions and has historically been left for the elites of society. I didn’t do a History of Art A-Level and if you’re in the same position, don’t worry… You’ll be fine. While it may be intimidating at first, your confidence will build and instead of feeling lost in the crowd, your curiosity to learn new things will grow.
  4. Open days are crucial. It is essential that you choose the correct course for you but another thing to take into account is the environment you will be working and most likely living in during your time at university. If you are not happy with the campus or specific area you will spend most of the next three (possibly more) years on, then it’s important to evaluate how this may affect your motivation or love for your chosen subject. Back when I was in my final year of A-Levels, I didn’t value the importance of open days and it was only by chance I thought about attending the open day for Warwick. It was this spontaneous decision that subsequently had me putting Warwick University at the top of my university choices.
  5. Choose something you enjoy. One last tip, while it is always important to ask others for opinions, ultimately you are the going to be the person studying that subject for the next few years so choose something you enjoy regardless of what others say. History of Art tends to be a subject people dismiss very early on in the decision-making process because of the common misconception that job opportunities are limited. This is not true. Not only are the skills you learn completely transferable but the different career options vary immensely.

It goes without saying that if you are passionate about your subject then making the decision should give you some sense of security instead of stress you out. Nevertheless, if you do end up in a subject you’re not enjoying – it is fixable. There are many people who can assist with changing degrees if you need it but stick to your gut feeling and enjoy your time as a student!

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Feel free to ask me any questions related to the…
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