Having second thoughts about your degree? Here's advice

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It’s the first semester, classes are in full swing and after doing a couple assignments, you aren’t so sure that you’re interested in this degree anymore? Don’t worry, we’ve got a few tips to help you out.

It’s not the end of the world

A lot of students find that they haven’t really chosen the right degree for them — and it’s okay. This is one of the first major decisions you’ve had to make about your life and there isn’t a cheat sheet or a precise guide. So if you’re doubting the choice you’ve made, don’t be too hard on yourself; rather focus on finding a solution.

Speak to someone

The cool thing about most universities is that they have psychologists and career counsellors on standby. So, set up an appointment with one of them and have a chat about why you think you may have chosen the wrong course. You won’t just be relieved about getting your fears off your chest, but you’ll also get to hear what your options are from someone who knows the institution well.


One way to find out which courses you may actually enjoy, is to read about the various subjects, speak to students and lecturers within those fields, and maybe attend a few talks and lectures. This will help you get a feel of the subject matter and whether it’s something you’d be interested in doing. Another way to find out what you like, is to take an aptitude test, like our free online Career Interest test.

Weigh your options

Once you’ve done your research — narrow down your options to a top 3. Look carefully into your 3 options and find out about the different career paths each of them could lead to as this should help you decide whether you’d be a good fit or not. It’s also important to think about the financial implications of changing your degree and whether you can afford to do this. It’s a good idea to speak to whoever is paying your fees first and explain to them why it’s important for you to pursue a different path.

Act soon

It’s better to change courses sooner rather than later. So, if it’s possible to switch to your new major within the first semester, then you should probably act soon. In some instances, certain courses from the same faculty can count as credits towards your new qualification, so you might not have to start from the very beginning — talk to the assistants at your faculty office to find out if this affects you.

Deciding which career path you want to pursue takes a lot of thought, and in most cases, a few mistakes. So, take all the time you need, using all the resources available to you when thinking about changing your degree. Good luck!

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