This is harder for some people than for others. Choosing our program of study is one of the most important decisions that we will have to make in our lives. No one wants to enroll in a program that does not fit, and this is truer when you consider the astronomical cost of post-secondary education in New Brunswick. That said, what can we do to minimize the risks of regretting our choice once the semester is well underway? Here are some tools to help you ask the right questions before making a decision …
First, you need to determine what type of training you are looking for. Are you more attracted to university or college? In New Brunswick, there are different types of post-secondary institutions. In particular, universities, public colleges, such as community colleges, and private career colleges, such as hairdressing, aesthetics, design schools, etc. (see the list of certified schools in NB). Depending on your interests and the type of education you would prefer, you will be able to eliminate some options from the list. Indeed, university studies are more theoretical, while college studies are practical. On the other hand, it is possible to benefit from both types of education since universities and colleges are creating more and more partnerships to ensure optimal training for their students.
Second, you need to be able to target your interests and your passions. Believe me, if you do not like the program you are enrolled in, it will affect your academic performance. In addition, this is the profession you will practice for the rest of your life unless there is a significant change, so make sure you like what you do. When you are passionate about what you do, work becomes child’s play! If you are not 100% sure of what might work for you, there are several personality and interests tests available online for free. As for the personality test, I strongly suggest to you the Myers Briggs’ test, ‘’16 Personalities’’, which is surely one of the most recognized by experts. Regarding the interest tests, I have tested a few. The ones that gave me the most accurate results are the ‘’Orientation Carrière’’ test available in French only, and the test of ‘’CareerOneStop’’, available in English and Spanish. You can also discuss your choices with your family and friends, after all, they know you better than anyone else. They will undoubtedly be able to help you see more clearly.
Also, be aware that some fields of study lead directly to a professional career while others are more ambiguous… For example, if you decide to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you will obviously become a registered nurse. The same applies to the bachelor’s degree in education, the doctorate in medicine, the electrical trade, etc. That being said, some areas of study may cause more uncertainty. For example, if you decide to enroll in a social studies program, the variety of topics are greater, and you need to narrow down your areas of interest. On the other hand, one of the advantages of these fields of study is that you have the chance to do optional courses which will allow you to explore the different possibilities and determine which branches interest you more.
To conclude, it is not always easy to choose a program of study. It is important to consider our options carefully and to seek the advice of our loved ones. Several resources are available to help us make a good decision. Hopefully, this guide will be able to help you.