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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Making the Right Choice for University



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How to make the right choice for university?

Disclaimer: I am not an expert and I don’t claim to be one. What I’m about to say is mostly based on retrospection and personal experience. So please don’t take it as facts. Take it as an opinion to consider.

When we talk about university or education in general, we can’t separate the conversation from talking about career as if the degree that you get at the end of university will determine your career path. That is not entirely true.

Often times, life is not that simple even though we like to think that it is.

I know a friend who is majoring in Biology, minoring in Earth Science and Sociology, but he wanted to be a graphic designer. In fact, he’s already getting paid for doing it so technically he’s already started his career as a freelance graphic designer.

So, there you go.

Say that you want to choose a university on the basis of what kind of career you want to pursue afterwards. There are two things that I want to say about that:

#1 What is Your Passion?

When it comes to careers, my logic is simple – if I want to do something for the rest of my life, then it better be something that I love doing and something that I am good at.

If I don’t enjoy doing something, it is unlikely that I will invest my creative energy in it. To me, it doesn’t make sense to commit to something that I don’t even like. It’s like marrying someone you’re not interested in.

So the first question that I’ll ask myself is: what is my passion? Or, what are my passions? Because one person can have more than one passion.

Don’t choose something because it’s easy or because that’s what your friend chose or because that’s the most popular job out there or because that’s the job that has the biggest paycheck.

If you’re not passionate about it, then it’s just not worth it. You’ll dread going to work every day. It’ll be torture.

You will count the days and look forward to the weekends.

#2 How are You Going to Contribute to the Community?

Personally, this is what makes a particular job valuable to me. It’s not the amount of money that the job generates, but it’s whether or not through doing that job you can benefit the community where you live.

The best people is those who are most beneficial to the community and that includes the rich and the poor. Anyone and everyone.

Serving other people is a wonderful and a noble profession, and service can be manifested in a number of ways – from the smallest of jobs to the biggest of jobs. Look around you, see what the community needs, and try to fulfill that need.

That's essentially it.

Find what it is that you’re passionate about and use that passion to benefit the community.

Let that be the guide that you use to choose which university is the best for you, which program is the best for you, and which career is the best for you.

The rest is up to you. It's your choice. It's your life.

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