6 Factors to consider when choosing a university course


The factors to take into consideration will be heavily dependent on why you want to pursue education. One of the purposes of this website is to provide information on finding a job so you can have the lifestyle you want. In this article we will assume the reason why you’re attending university is because you want to find a job.

If you are considering moving abroad, it will be very confusing given the number of factors to be considered. There are an array of courses available from many universities spread across multiple countries. Each country with different costs of living and laws. Let’s review some of the factors to consider when selecting your university course abroad:

  1. Identify the job you want – Connect with people on LinkedIn, ask questions.
  2. Course – Skills you will have for your CV, university rank, cost and duration.
  3. Review the industry – Salaries, probability of finding a job importance of education in the industry.
  4. Cost of living – Taxes, food and accommodation are significant factors to consider.
  5. Legal – Are there any restrictions on working, before/after your studies.
  6. Life – Ensure you will be able to have a positive lifestyle, with good work life balance.


Identify the job you want

It’s important to understand what role you would like to have in the future. Also, it is much better to speak with people who do those roles and get their opinion. There is a lot of misinformation being disseminated purposefully by companies. In reality most roles tend to be very monotonous (particularly in financial services.). Companies often embellish roles to attract better quality candidates.

For example, I took up a role in audit with a big four company. What I thought I would be doing and what I actually did were completely different. If I could go back in time I would not have chosen a role as an auditor. If I had taken the initiative and spoken to people who actually do the role I would have chosen a different career path.

The best thing to do is to reach out to people on LinkedIn and ask them for their advice. Most people would be very sympathetic to a university student and will be happy to share their advice.


When you are clear on a career path the next step will be to compare the course to the job descriptions to ensure you are getting the necessary experience needed to get the role you want.


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