One of the biggest mistakes students make when choosing a career path or degree programme  to undertake at University level is that they do not thoroughly research the core courses, prerequisites and unit outlines. I wanted to be a vet – but besides the fact that blood made me queasy, I just wasn’t tgood enough  at Maths and Science and more importantly, though I made considerable effort, I couldn’t achieve to the level required. So it was a ‘no brainer’ that I wouldn’t go down that road. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t give something new a go. Just be aware that it will take more effort and consistent application than something your are already familiar with.

It’s important to make sure you know what subjects will be compulsory prerequisites from the outset, then at least you know what your challenges will be. Sometimes, even if you have studied a subject at school, the content and style of teaching is quite different at a University level, so you would do well to try to get to an Open Day. If that isn’t possible, contact someone in the faculty at the University where you would like to study your degree and/or find someone who is the year ahead of you – a friend, a relative, a sibling of a class mate, who has already done the course. Get educated! The information given out in the QTAC and University booklets is limited and only meant to be a guide. The more research you do, the less likely you are to get any nasty surprises after enrolment day.

Level

So you like babies. You could be a paediatrician, Karitane nurse, midwife, nanny, early childcare teacher. The question is “Which of these options are open to you?” Be realistic about your ability level. You can always add on as you go and sometimes this is what you will have to do. OP 1 students are the only fortunate ones for whom the smorgasbord of courses is wide open. So where do you sit? What is your level?

Heart

 What does your heart tell you? Put your hand over your heart and ask yourself, “What is it I want ?” Block out what’s sensible, what your parents want you to do, what your teachers say you’re capable of. It’s your life. Make your own decisions.