So you’ve decided what you want to be when you “grow up”. You’ve had a browse of the different courses and providers available, but you can’t decide which course is the one for you.


It’s important that you choose the right course, because a course that suits your individual circumstances will ensure you have the most success. This will be different for everyone.


As an example, I was studying a Bachelor of Arts and wanted to study a law degree (either a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor).   I had considered the Juris Doctor course on offer at my provider as well as the Bachelor of Laws course on offer at others, and ultimately chose one that was a bit further away but allowed me to take advantage of off-campus enrolment when I needed it as well as undertake summer semester, so that I could manage my study around my life, rather than the other way around.


Here are 3 crucial factors to consider when choosing your course:


#1 lifestyle

Most of us work. Some of us work casually and have flexibility around when to study and attend classes, but some of us don’t and are seeking to further our education while working a full-time job.


Ask yourself what your particular circumstances are. What are your needs? Can you attend classes on campus, or do you need a course that has off-campus options so you can study around your full-time job?


And most importantly, how much time will you need to study every week? Can you manage to study full-time or part-time? Do you want a course that offers summer semester so that you can finish quicker or spread out your units?


These are all very important questions to consider when choosing your course.



#2 location

Where do you live and work and how faraway is the provider offering the course? You’ll need to consider whether the course is located so that you can allow time to commute. Next consider whether your work hours allow for this time? Can you still have time to study?


It may seem like a great idea at first to attend a university that is further away but is more “prestigious”, but ultimately commuting several hours a day can contribute to burnout, so please consider carefully the distance the course is from you.


It doesn’t need to be the closest provider, but it does need to allow you to balance the rest of your commitments at the same time – and still be able to keep up with the study.



#3 reputation


Lastly, is the course rated well?


This doesn’t mean the world rankings that are published every year – these are in relation to the research the provider puts out in comparison to other providers, rather than their teaching abilities or the outcome of their graduates.


It’s hard to find out student satisfaction levels with a course without knowing anybody there, but lucky for you, RightCourse has all the resources you need to make your decision.


RightCourse is a student-focused organisation with comprehensive information and reviews of Australian tertiary courses that help students make more informed and sustainable decisions when investing in their higher education.


RightCourse offers reviews of courses and providers, mentor services, open day information and career quizzes you can take if you haven’t yet decided what you want to do.


Hopefully this gives you a starting point in choosing the best course for you. Best of luck!



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