As soon as a student enters the 12th class, they have one thought looming in their mind – to gain admission in a good university.
This thought often results in a year filled with obsessive thoughts, frantic exam preparation, and rushing to career counseling agencies. However, one integral aspect that often gets overlooked is thorough university research.
Before visiting a career agency and dropping applications left and right, 12th class students should take it upon themselves to logically research their options. With thousands of universities to choose from, this may seem like a daunting task. However, with the right mindset and these 5 effective tips, the university research process should be a breeze!
1. Choose a SubjectFirst things first, you should have an idea of what you want to study after 12th class. Keep in mind that whatever you choose to study will most likely determine your future career. Therefore, choose a subject that interests you, as well as something that you can see yourself pursuing a solid career in.
For example, if you are interested in science and enjoy studying 12th class chemistry, that is a good subject to start from. On the other hand, if you prefer mathematics, then you can start searching for universities that offer good related programs.
2. Set a Location BoundaryThere are millions of universities scattered around the world. However, you are likely to have a tentative location of where you would like to study. For example, maybe you want to attend a local university in your hometown. Alternatively, you may be interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a European university. Decide on the location where you want to study, and look for universities within that proximity.
It may seem like you are restricting your options by sticking to one location, but it is a realistic way of narrowing down your options. There is no use in wasting time researching British universities if you intend to stay in Pakistan. Thus, setting a boundary will help pinpoint your research to realistic and relevant options.
3. Browse Through Program OptionsOnce you have established your subject choice and location boundary, the next step is to research program options that are offered within those parameters. For example, if your location is Lahore, and your subject of choice is chemistry, then research the relevant options in Lahore universities. For instance, you may find chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, or biochemistry.
Once you have shortlisted the available program options, research the programs in particular. Search the program road back, major courses, career opportunities, and average salaries. Doing this will give you a clear image of how the next 5-10 years may look if you pursue each program.
4. Scour University WebsitesAfter selecting your top program choices, it is time to scour different university websites. Several universities within your pinpointed region will likely offer a similar program, but with different facilities and standards. Therefore, research the departments of each university and determine the faculty, roadmap, and placement options.
Other factors such as the tuition fees, distance, and reputation of the university may also influence your decision. Therefore, it is important to undertake thorough research of each possible university, for the most accurate picture.
5. Create a ShortlistThe final tip is to create a shortlist. After you have narrowed down all of your options and scoured the websites, you should be able to create a shortlist. Discuss your options with your parents, career advisors, or whoever is involved in your university admission process. Then you can start applying!
Remember to keep an open mind throughout the research process. Even once you have shortlisted your options, a parent or career counselor may suggest an alternative option. Feel free to explore those options too and see what is best for you.
These effective research tips will ensure that you make an informed and effective decision when applying for a bachelor’s degree after your 12th class exams!