How to choose a university degree and where to study?

Studying at university is a decision that can have a major impact on a person’s future career. Many factors come into play in this decision, from employability to personal interests, family tradition, or issues related to economic and travel capacity.

SLAM School offers a good option for studying at public and private universities in Spain and the rest of the world. By studying the British Baccalaureate Extended Diploma at SLAM School, as well as learning English and Spanish, you will acquire useful skills in any field and increase your chances of getting into university.

In this article we will give you tips for choosing a university degree, such as discovering what you are passionate about, considering personal skills and long-term goals, and not focusing exclusively on employability. We also recommend you to inform yourself about the universities and curricula, paying attention to the prestige of the school. SLAM School stands out for its broad portfolio of sports services and extra help for young athletes. Although the decision is largely up to the student, it is advisable to ask for help in the immediate environment.

Tips for choosing the right university degree for you

First of all, don’t panic if you are not sure how to choose university studies. SLAM will try to help you with the following recommendations. And if you see that you are not entirely happy with your decision, you can always go back and look for other options within the university world, or with any other type of training.

Find out what you are really passionate about

This is the first basic requirement. If you focus on something you are really passionate about, the years of study will fly by, you will enjoy learning and you will even want to further your education.

What are your skills

Each university course requires different skills. If you are good at public speaking, you could study something related to sales, marketing or public speaking, for example. Find out what your talents are and direct your decision towards that field.

What objectives do you want to achieve

Ask yourself what you want to do in the future. If you are passionate about public service, think about a degree that suits you. If you like to travel, take a look at tourism. Match your choice to your long-term goals.

Beware of employability

One of the tips for choosing a university degree that you don’t have to pay too much attention to is employability. Don’t make your decision solely on this factor, as the demand for jobs can change radically in the future.

However, research where the future job market may be heading and see which options suit your tastes best. If you end up studying something that really makes you feel comfortable, you will find better job opportunities, although this requires dedication and effort.

Ask for help in your immediate environment

Although the decision to choose a university or degree depends largely on you, the people around you can help you. At the institute, there is a guidance counsellor, who knows each student’s background and can provide useful advice.

In addition, you can also get help from family, friends or people who have already studied something similar to what you have in mind.

Find out more about universities and curricula

Most universities, both public and private, offer extensive information on their courses. Read all this material carefully, from the subjects to be studied to the itineraries and professional opportunities.

On the other hand, there are centres that include extra proposals that accompany the studies. At SLAM we have a wide range of sports services and extra help for young people who stand out in the world of sport. Our proposal goes beyond simple intellectual training, as we understand that sport can provide healthy values to build the leaders of the future.

Where to study your university degree

Once you have decided what you want to study, now it’s time to choose the centre. The degree is just as important as the university that offers it. To resolve this question, you will have to take into account aspects such as the prestige of the centre, the possibilities of mobility and your own conditions as a student.

Studying close to your place of residence

Most students choose to enrol at a university that is close to where they live. This way, the costs involved in studying are lower. Spain has an extensive network of public and private universities, which guarantees numerous options to meet the needs of each individual.

But, on the other hand, there is also a strong scholarship policy in public and private centres that allows many students to travel and live many kilometres away from their usual place of residence.

University prestige

A second determining factor is the prestige of the centre. Attending a university that has trained outstanding personalities in the world of business or sport is a more than interesting springboard to career success.

At SLAM we take great care of this idea and, in addition, we link academic training with the world of sport, with exclusive options for students with outstanding performance in various sports.

Centres that attract talent

The third factor in deciding on a university is location. Areas that attract the most employment, such as large capital cities, tend to be where many major companies are looking for professionals. This makes these cities a force that attracts more and more talent from further afield.

How to study at a European university

All of the above advice is very useful when choosing a university course and centre in Spain. However, if, on the other hand, the student or family wishes to study abroad, in Europe, other considerations must be taken into account.

Firstly, language becomes a central element. English helps to open many doors, so it is advisable to select a pre-university study centre where this requirement is taken into account. This is what we do at SLAM School, where students complete their high school years with a US High School Diploma.

Students can also gain accredited academic and vocational qualifications in Britain. These accreditations not only open doors to schools in both English-speaking countries, but are also a good stepping stone to universities in other European countries.

That is why SLAM brings together students and teachers from all over the world. In our school, students have access to an enriching and cosmopolitan universe that will be of great help to improve their profile in the European context.

In conclusion, we live in an increasingly prepared and competitive world, which is why SLAM not only focuses on training you academically in all its areas but it is also concerned that you stand out in personal skills. It wants to give possibilities to those who want to train and become elite athletes and creates a study plan and validations with other foreign universities so that students who do not close doors to the possibility of studying outside Spain have the possibility in the future.

Therefore, once you have considered your options, studied the possibilities and, above all, decided what your motivations and future interests are, you are ready to make a decision.

Think big!