For many parents, it can be daunting as their young person decides to take the plunge into the university world. If you then add in the question of what course and where they’d like to study for the next three years, it can feel like an overwhelming decision. You may be thinking “What can I do to help?”. These three pieces of advice will give you the confidence to offer that support.
It sounds straightforward as a starting
point, but it’s important that students do not
rush course and university research. Being
so determined to make the right choice
can sometimes mean they dive into the
specifics without looking to see what else is
A simple UCAS search will help your young person find all the possible universities that offer their chosen course and you never know what variations they might discover. For example, did you know that students can study a combined degree of Geography and Spanish & Latin American Studies? There are thousands of course opportunities available.
Create a mind map, table, spreadsheet – whatever works best for your young person to visualise all the different options! Together, you can prioritise what is most important to them, which will help them to narrow their choices. Does the course offer the modules they’re interested in? Is the location exciting to them? Does the university offer the facilities they need? Whatever it is, make it clear which universities tick these boxes, you could even see which are the true contenders.
The biggest recommendation is to visit
the university if you can. It isn’t always
possible to do this, Open Days might
not fit into calendars easily; some
universities may be quite a distance
away; or you just don’t have the means to
However, if you’re able to, encourage your young person to go with you for a visit. There’s something about stepping onto a campus for the first time, it can’t be explained, but they’ll know if it isn’t the right fit or if it feels like it could be their new home for the next three or four years.
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by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.