By Pak Ridzki
Recently, a study was conducted by the International Student Barometer on what considerations students took into account for their university choice. According to the study, 96% of students finalized their decision based on how the institution prepared them for their career. In today’s world, where job opportunities have to constantly evolve and keep up with the swift technology advancements, simply graduating with a degree is no longer enough. The kind of learning and skills taught, the work experience offered, and what kind of career support is provided are the information students look for when researching about a university.
A good way to understand whether a certain major offered by universities would properly prepare their students to work is through analyzing their course syllabus. Prospective students need to find out what kind of courses they will take for the whole duration of their university study. An open summary of the syllabus is usually accessible on the university’s official website. From this syllabus, students could analyse whether or not the listed courses cover the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.
Students also need to see how many practical opportunities are listed as part of the syllabus. These could be in the form of practical courses, internships or work-study placements. Practical experience will always offer an invaluable insight beyond theoretical knowledge covered by classroom lectures. This type of experience also often plays a crucial role in helping students stand out from their peers. Ultimately of course, it still depends on whether or not the students embrace the opportunities.
The study is accessible here: