At the start of every academic year, prospective students queue up in higher education institutions with the aim of igniting their career path.
When considering a course to study, it’s vital that you self-assess and do your research. While you’re at it, 'dot the i's and cross the t's' so that you make an informed decision.
Prior to studying, it's important that you choose what you're passionate about, don't just do a qualification because somebody has said to you that's a qualification you can make money with or do it because there’s still space in that particular course.
Choose a course that is career-focused and one that you’re certain will get you into job marketing after your studies.
Neglecting such has led to a high rate of first-year dropouts, there are other common factors contributing to this phenomenon such as major culture shocks of campus life, lack of institutional support and funding.
It is reported that South Africa has one of the highest first-year university dropout rates in the world.
Please consider paying attention to the following once you’ve been accepted to study a course:
- Ensure you've registered for the correct qualification.
- Read communication that comes from the institution via email to be on top of things.
- Make sure that you've got the textbooks, your stationery, and any technology that’s required.
- Make sure you know what your living arrangements are, such as where the supermarket is located and how to travel from there to your student accommodation.
Nola Payne from the Independent Institute of Education also advised the following:
Preparing yourself mentally for higher education is really a challenge and I think prospective students just need to realize it's going to be different. It's a more adult unsupervised kind of environment and they need to just then be disciplined in being selective about their social life and their studies.