The years you spend at university can be a lot of fun. You get to meet new people; try different experiences; hear a variety of opinions; learn about the world and how to challenge what you’re told. If you apply yourself to your studies you should also come out with a degree, which ought to be your main reason for going to university in the first place. When you possess a degree there are a wider range of potential career paths for you to choose from and many more options when it comes to what to do after university.
However, you shouldn’t leave your decision-making until the last minute and it definitely helps to have a plan. Maybe you decided to study a degree programme which enabled you to learn in greater depth about a subject that you’ve always found interesting without bothering to consider how it could help you in your career. Of course, just being in possession of a degree stands you in good stead for the future, as many professions and fast-track graduate programmes require that you have a degree without specifying what that degree should be.
You need to give some consideration to which career you’d like to pursue in future, though, as some careers do require you to have a particular degree. If you want to become a social worker you need to have taken a degree in social work or something related to that particular field. You may decide that you wish to become a teacher in which case you will have to study towards another qualification after you’ve finished your first degree so that you will qualified to teach your subject. You therefore can’t afford to leave these decisions until the last minute, as it takes time to fill in application forms and to collect references; and then you also have the years of study to complete.
You may not have a clue what you want to do with your degree when you’re finished studying, which is why you have to start thinking about your future plans as soon as possible. If you really enjoy your subject you should look into the kinds of careers which relate to it, as you will then know whether you have to continue with your studies or gain experience in a particular field in order to be able to pursue a particular career.
What you don’t want to do is finish your final exams and then realise that you don’t know what to do next. If you’re stuck you can always go and a careers advisor who may be able to help. Maybe you prefer to just go with the flow, so that after your exams you decide to travel and to earn some cash by taking any job that is available. If you want to build a career, though, it makes sense to think about your future as soon as possible so that you can take the appropriate steps to achieve success.