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A lot of you are going through the process of applying to universities and giving a direction to your career. You might have had one clear program in mind towards which you are working. Some of you might have thought that I will be a doctor, or I will be an engineer and with this choice in mind, applying to the best university for it. But what if you could not get in into the program of your preference? At this time you might face a dilemma in what to do now or how to move forward.
- Don’t panic
If you did not get accepted into your dream program immediately, the first step is to not panic. As much as you were planning your college life around this, it simply was not the right timing or maybe the right thing for you. Calm down and begin to plan your next step accordingly upcoming semester accordingly. Determine your goals, and develop a strategy to achieve them.
- Identify your motive
The first thing to determine is your motive behind going for a certain path. What were your expectations from that particular career and what aspect of it was the most enticing.
- Is it the social status that comes with it?
- Is it the pay scale it provides?
- Is it in line with your interest to deliver to the society?
Identifying what factor motivated you towards choosing that certain program may broaden your options as you can search for similar paths that could lead to the same desired outcome that you want or maybe even a better one. For example, if you are going for MBBS because it is a well paying job, there are others like IT and biotech that pay better or if you want to contribute to the people, there are other jobs that too fulfil this motive
- Research on your lower preferences
When caught up in the stress and excitement of finishing intermediate it’s easy to set your mind on one course — and one course only. Many students focus all their attention and research on their first few preferences, and do not give much consideration to others down the list.
If you don’t get admission into one of your preferred courses, you should start to research some of the other course. You may find that some of the courses you kept as your last option actually have a number of pros and can be more beneficial for you.
- Determine your skill set
Skill set refers to the combination of personal qualities, abilities and knowledge that you develop through life. It consists of both soft skills and hard skills. Assessing your skill set could also help give you direction on how to move forward. You could do this by identifying the tasks you enjoy to do and what part of it makes you feel competent and taking feedback from others around you like your teacher. You can also get an online assessment or a detailed assessment from a counsellor. You can take one available on our website https://www.eduvision.edu.pk/members/home.php
- Consult a professional
As all the above practices might be overwhelming and you might not be reaching a conclusion on your own, it is wise to get help from someone who has expertise in it. Get advice from an experienced individual in your choice or field or consult a career counsellor. A career counsellor could help you get clarity in your thoughts and direct to the path that is the most suitable for you according to your skills and aptitude.
To consult a career counsellor for your queries book a session now at https://www.eduvision.edu.pk/career-planning/counseling.php