Once you’ve decided to study in Australia, you’ll probably look out for one or two courses and universities through recommendations from friends or family considering those that align with your long term career goals. But it’s not that simple; it’s a massive career decision as you’ll be spending many valuable years of your life and a lot of money learning the course at the university you choose. So, you need to emphasise on doing proper research and seeking guidance before finally arriving at a decision.
Here are some important points we think you should consider:
Consider the prospects of your study field in the city you’re travelling to like if you’re considering the hospitality sector, cities like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are flourishing in the hospitality field and provide you with the most exposure. Also, you’ll need first to decide what city you want to live in and then consider studying in universities that are close to your place or at least aren’t very far away from your location. Location plays a vital role because you don’t want to spend your entire day travelling from home to university and then back home as this would be tiring and costly.
Graduate outcomes and pathway opportunities
Always be aware of the outcomes of choosing a course and university after you graduate because there’s intense competition in the market and employers are continually looking for skilled graduates who can bring extraordinary talent and skills to their organisation. Choose study programs that allow you to gain real-world experiences and prepare you for your dream career. In short, consider those universities/courses with a high graduate employment rate and earning potential after you graduate. Choose a career path that lets you grow professionally and academically, so consider the courses that have different pathways available for upgrading your academic qualifications and enriching your career prospects.
Research academics and lecturers
Make sure you do proper research on universities that you’re considering, which includes a comparison of academics and course structures of two or more institutions. Then, dive in a bit deeper by comparing the subjects that your chosen course provides in the universities that you’re comparing. Choose the one that offers subjects that you’re interested in. We know that academic quality and faculty go hand in hand. Look out for the faculty in the related departments and learn more about them. Prestigious universities have some of the best lecturers so you won’t have to worry about it, but we recommend taking a good look at the teaching faculty.
Cost and entry requirements
Australian Universities offer world-class education, some have very high entry requirements, and some are quite expensive to study. You should always consider your budget while choosing universities. You will be spending thousands of dollars in your degree, so make sure you do your cost-benefit analysis and make the most out of your investment. Choose the one that best fits your budget. Some institutions have high entry requirements, make sure you check the entry requirements before applying as there is no point applying to an institution whose requirements you can meet; you will just be wasting your time and energy.
Choosing a university and course is a massive decision in your career, so we want you to give it thoughtful consideration and carefully weigh all these crucial factors by taking it one step at a time until you finally reach a decision.