Are you in the right course?

Not sure if your course is right for you? Considering changing courses or deferring?

Don't panic! You often don't know if a course is right for you until you try it. And the good news is you can learn from your experience so far by reflecting on what you didn't like - to help you decide what to do next.

The first thing you should consider is whether you want to change a few subjects or your whole course. Speak to a tutor or your course coordinator now to discuss your concerns with your current studies and find out the options you have for changing. You can change and withdraw from subjects up to the census date without incurring financial penalty, however you may have to wait until mid-year or even 2014 to commence another course.

There are a number of reasons why students decide to change courses or take a break from study. Some are personal and others relate to changing interests or career goals. If you are considering a change and want to discuss your career options there are a number of resources available to you. The Career Development Centre website career planning section and the 'what can I do with my degree' page is a good place to start. Now is a good time to reflect on your skills, career interests and values. To talk through concerns and make an informed decision, students from all campuses can book an appointment to speak with a qualified careers consultant either in person or over the phone.

Finally, if after exploring your options you still feel that uni is getting too much and you are not sure where you are headed, deferring might be an option. Taking time out from formal study to gain work experience, volunteer or travel can help you become more aware of your skills, interests and career options. Be sure to talk over your plans with someone; a careers consultant, tutor, counsellor or faculty advisor, before taking the next step.

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