It is very close to the end of secondary school education... Immediately after that, the secondary school-leaving exam and decision about further education. How will it look like? Applying a big simplification: for the next three years you will ...be studying ... and if you choose a unified master's degree program, you will be doing so for even the next 5 consecutive years. Ensure, therefore, there is some care taken to study what you are really interested in and to be certain how you see your future career. How to make the right choice?

The choice of university, contrary to how it seems, is not simple at all: "What to do in life?", "What am I good at?", "What should I do?". Numerous rankings of universities and majors (also called "senseless struggle for numbers") , parents' solicitation and flood of information do not make the task any easier.

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The golden rule: choose on your own!

You cannot be good at something that totally does not interest you. Then if you were to become a poor attorney, why not be a good journalist? Parents would often like to have a lot to say about it, but try to treat their dreams and visions of your future as good advice only, not as an oracle and a source of great ideas.


How to choose best? Quoting the great classic: "You have to ask yourself one f***ing important, or even extremely f***ing important question. What do I like doing? Then, start doing it."

 

(a quotation from a well-known Polish comedy)

Get to know yourself

You do not need to be sure about what you will do in the future. Therefore, it is important that you choose a field of study that is related to your general interests. Above all, ask yourself: learning what subjects gives me the greatest pleasure? Are they science, mathematical or humanistic subjects?

First select a few majors that suit your interests and then consider additional factors (career prospects, place of study, etc ...).

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Interests should be the most important factor in choosing the right field of study. However, it is impossible to omit another important question: what will I do after graduation?

The truth, unfortunately, is that higher education is to form your capital in the labour market. Capital, the use of which should provide you with a good and interesting job that will not involve merely 'filling in tax return docs in a bar round the corner'. The interests and fascination with the subject, however, is not enough. How many enthusiasts of the Old Church Slavonic language may be welcome in the modern labour market?
Sounds not too optimistic, but if you take advantage of our list of the most forward-looking professions, you will definitely find your own career path.

Choosing a university

Let us assume you already have the list of majors that interest you. You have even thought about job prospects that are opening up to graduates.

When you know more or less what you would like to study, the question remains: where? You can find a list of Polish universities on the Uczelnie.net portal. You can find a compendium of knowledge about the choice of university on the portal Studia.net, in the section "Where to study?".

It is also worth getting acquainted with the opinions of the students and graduates themselves, with whom you can talk to at Forum.Studia.net

Factors worth to be taken into account:

  • Curriculum - published on university websites (programs at different universities may differ from one another - pay attention to the adequacy of the material to be acquired)
  • Lecturers - are they practitioners? Do they publish textbooks in a given field? What do students say about them?
  • Scholarship programs - if you are ambitious and have a traveller's flair, you may be able to study abroad for a year. Most state universities take part in the ERASMUS program (it is worth finding out just in case).
  • Apprenticeship and internship programs - gaining practical experience while studying is very important. Some universities make it easier for their students to get into an internship.
  • Foreign languages ​​- although "Poles are not geese ...*", the knowledge of at least one foreign language has become a standard on the labour market. Some universities offer the opportunity to learn several languages. Maybe it is worth considering?


*a famous quotation by Mikołaj Rej, a Polish writer; in his works striving for appreciation and respect for native language.

Remember one important thing - regardless of the choice of the field of study, you will study alone, because studying is largely an independent process. Even the best university will not transfer knowledge to your head if you are not interested in it yourself. Here, your success depends primarily on you and your willingness to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge.