Some say be pragmatic, some say choose a degree based on your interests, but what if you don't even know what you really like!? There are many students out there who have basically no clue about which uni degree they'd like to undertake after the HSC. Students who are still asking for permission to go to the toilet everyday are now thrusted into making such an important decision!
Well first things first, a university degree doesn't determine your working life; it's very common for people end up in jobs that they did not necessarily study for. Thus, if you do feel you may not choose the right degree, don't worry too much. Nevertheless, it's still good to put in some hard thinking before making your decision. Even though I may not be able to tell you what degree or field you should go into, here are a few tips which may help you out if you're really unsure of which one(s) to pick.
Choose a generalist degree
It may be a good idea to choose a very broad degree that allows you to experiment with subjects and then decide on which ones to specialise in. For example, if you know you'd like to do something within social sciences, an arts degree may be a smart option as it allows you to explore all types of arts subjects (such as languages or even history) without having to focus on one at first.
Choose double degrees or broadened degrees
Choosing a double degree or a degree that has two different specialisations will also allow you to have a taste of different subjects before you have to focus on a specific few. For example, if you know you probably may not be doing engineering or anything science based, a Bachelor of Arts and Business at UNSW (University of New South Wales) can allow you to have a feel of most of the subjects within humanities. Combined or double degrees will let you experience an even wider range. For instance, a Bachelor of Science & Business/Bachelor of Laws at UNSW will allow you to choose subjects within three very broad fields!
Take a gap year
If you feel you really need more time to think, a gap year will allow you to consider your options for a bit longer and gain some extra work experience in the mean time (and also go on a few more holidays!). You can wait out a whole year or decide to apply for courses during mid-year intakes (though some courses may not be offered).
As last note, just remember, to not choose something purely based off your ATAR but on your interests as well! Have fun choosing and good luck in the HSC!
Jack Zheng | N° 22