We should all aspire to be lifelong learners. One of the central components of this process is our academic program, in particular the path we choose to follow with our tertiary education. No matter where we find ourselves and what we find ourselves doing it is important that we undergo a process of understanding how our aspirations, strengths and past performance can be brought together to put us on a path to success and fulfilment.
The value of tertiary education cannot be understated. From a learning perspective, the diversity of ideas, theories and new skills we can come face to face with in a tertiary environment represents a unique opportunity to broaden our horizons through interrogating our opinions, values and interests in life. On a tangible level, learning, graduating, and earning the qualification of a degree, a diploma or a trade certificate is uniquely important in the context of modern day work. There are things that employers value highly and will be useful in our professional lives.
Knowing where to look to develop your academic program requires process and structure. As usual, it should start with an inward investigation. This involves identifying your tangible and intangible skills. Are you a people person? Are you a talented mathematician? Are you an outspoken debater? You need to look to markers of your competencies in your own life, and even ask those around you what they think you are good at. Your teachers, parents, friends and role models will have unique and personal perspectives on where your strengths lie and this can be very helpful to the process.