The Normal Route

Don’t know how you got here? Go back to this page to understand what career priority is. 

This page will cover your choice of normal route. It will help you research about the course that stitches well with your intended career choice. 

Preparation

Before we begin to the in-depth step-by-step research, you need to be clear with one thing. You need to know what career path you are choosing to take. If you do not have that clarity, you would end confusing yourself. 

I will release a how-to on identifying your career path and link it here soon. 

  • If you are considering more than one career paths, then you should look at the courses for each.
  • If you are considering different types of branches within the same career path, you should examine the courses for each.

Therefore, before you get into the actual research, follow these steps.

  1. Decide the career that you are wishing to pursue. If you have more than one, say law and fiances, then make a list of each.
  2. Under each category, you will need to research the kind of courses that are available to you.
  3. Research individually for the courses, and also the career path they fall under.
    • What this means is that say you want to pursue law.
    • And, you decide you will look at two branches of law, say corporate and criminal.
    • Then research for criminal law courses, and corporate law courses individually.
    • Similarly, research individually for career options and progression in both criminal and labour law.
    • And, if you are looking at another career path, finance as well, then you need to repeat the same process for the various branches in finances that you are considering.

I hope that makes sense. I will create more explanatory videos about it. Now, if you have understood that let us begin our research for the courses.

It is advisable that you perform this exercise for all the courses and universities that you are considering. It will help you make an informed decision

Step #1

In this step, you are going to research about the course, and the universities that are offering it to you.

  • Make a list of the universities that are offering the course that you are intending to pursue.
  • If you don’t know how to get that list of universities, then do a Google search for top-ranking universities for the course you are pursuing.
  • Those top-ranking universities will form a part of your own list of universities.
  • Once you have that list ready, begin to read about the courses offered on the university website.

Once you are on the university website, you need to read and understand the following points.

  • What is that course all about? What is the university offering in that course? What are the various module choices? What do each of them offer?
  • How fascinated are you with the course? Do the topics that the university will teach seem interesting to you?
  • Research about the course (and the related field) on Google. Look up recent developments in that field. How fascinated are you by that? Is there something specific that you get attracted to and feel you want to know more about it?
  • What skills does the university claim that the students gain after doing the course? What kind of career choices do students have after completing that course? What kind of career choices have students made in the past after that course? Do they have testimonials of students?
  • What do you gather from the testimonials? Did students talk about specific aspects of the course? Did you find anything interesting about those aspects?
  • Now, do a Google search for the reviews of the university. What do other people have to say about that university? Does the university publish blogs/newsletters? Look for information around your course in those posts/newsletters.
  • Download the university prospectus and look information about your course. What kind of skills does the university say they are providing you in that course?

Step #2

In this step, we will be focusing on the university. You should browse the university website thoroughly to understand a few points. Here are the points that you should research about.

  • Look on the university’s website for some campus images. What is your first impression of the campus? Do you like it? Do they have a huge campus or a really small one? The benefit of a huge campus is that you can sit anywhere you like and study. With small campuses, there are fewer options when it comes to studying at different locations.
  • Look for information about the libraries/labs at the university. How well-equipped are they? Do they offer the resources that you would need while studying your course?
  • How about the social diversity? Look up information about socially diverse the university. The more diverse it is, the steeper will be your learning curve.
  • Look for cultural societies, clubs, students’ union etc. If you are a UG, this will matter a lot as you would need something more to do in addition to academics. Are there some clubs that interest you? Are there societies that you want to be a part of?
  • Browse the university’s social media channels. Look for student testimonials. How do the students feel about the university?
  • How is the career counselling department of the university? How well-equipped are they? Do they offer support for international students as well? Do they have regular job fairs or other career-related events? What kind of companies usually come to these job fairs? Are they big companies that could potentially offer you a job in the UK? Or, are they small companies that can only afford part-time workers?
  • If you are confused about any of the career counselling department’s activities/events, do not hesitate to write the university an email about it.

Step #3

For this step, we need to research about the finances, so stuff like tuition fees, accommodation fees, and living expenses. Before we proceed further, you will have to go to: What are the expenses of studying in the UK?

Now, once you have done your research for study expenses in the UK, let us do a bit of document compilation first.

Copy the data you recorded in the Study in the UK expenses stage and paste on this document’s first page. All the questions that you answered for the steps 1 and 2 on this page, copy all of them. And then go ahead and paste it at the end of the document in Step 3.

Therefore, your new document will have all the information that you have thus far collected.

Step #4

This step is simple. You will notice that we have prepared a questionnaire in your final document where you need to answer in yes/no. So, go ahead and answer those questions. Once you have answered them, count all the yes’. The points that you need to give to your course and university will be the sum of all the yes’.

Once that is done, you have points for one course and university. If you intend to research for more courses and universities, just repeat this exercise.