How to Plan Your Further Education and Be Happy with What You Do in The Future

  • November 19, 2018 / Queenie Kawabe

Feel like your plans are a waste of time? Honestly,  I don’t think the same. I’m a planner and an organizer. One of my favorite quotes is “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now” (by author Alan Lakein). For example, if you are going to have a Christmas party and invite some friends over to your place, you need to have a plan. If not, your friends might end up in the wrong place. In the end, everyone might get tired and upset. Planning is never an easy task, and it takes time and effort to make it happen. For this post I will help you how to plan your further education and be happy with you will do in the future. 

If you are not a planner or not sure where to start, feel no pressure about it. I’m here to help you, remember? Once again, I need you to get your pen/pencil to write down what you want to study now and be happy with what you do in the future. Gather the previous information and plan it together.

Firstly, you have to ask yourself if you are going to further your studies locally or internationally. It is an important question to answer because you want to make sure that you are financially stable.

How to Plan Your Further Education

  1. Research the program/field that you want to pursue.

You have to spend time on this to make sure the program/field is related to what you are passionate about. Remember what you’ve answered in the self-awareness section — now you have a clear perspective. Use the keywords to search on Google and read about the program/field.


  1. Find out which universities offer the program/field

If there are two or more universities that provide the same program/field,  make sure you check the differences between those universities. Be specific in what you are looking for and find out what requirements the university has. Make some calls or check the relevant websites or forum related to the programs.


  1. Take time to find out the program cost

Everything comes at a price and it is essential to know whether or not what you pay is what you get. I’ve met people from across the world who hardly do what they love in life, or have a career that is unrelated to their certificate. Find out the cost, and about scholarships if the university offers them for international students.


  1. Know how long the program takes to complete

Honestly, you can’t complete a high-skilled program overnight. It takes time, remember? It may require some years to finish the program you love. During that period, you can gain some related work experience to advance your career.

If you are planning to study abroad, you have to consider the cost of living and the experience of living in a new country.


  1. Take time to understand why you want to study abroad

Ask yourself these questions – Are you looking for better career opportunities? A higher standard of living? Do you simply need a fresh start?  These are all good reasons. You’ve just got to be clear with yourself about why you’re doing this.


  1. Find out the cost of living

Make sure you do this research before you make a move to another country. It is essential to know where you are going to live, how much it will cost per meal, and where you can find a part-time job to support your life before you arrive there.


  1. Look for International Student Scholarships

The easiest way to study abroad for the whole duration of your studies is to find a scholarship. There are thousands of scholarship opportunities for foreign students, and some will be specifically targeted at people from your home country or region (wherever that may be!). Go online and do your research. Many free resources can help you with this.


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