Advice for Students: How to pick your modules for University

Career Advisors will often tell you to make the most practical and profitable choice when choosing your modules for A-levels (or equivalent courses, such as the International Baccalaureate). That could mean picking finance over art, or economics over psychology.

But if you do this with no regard for your interests, you’re setting yourself up for a very unfulfilling undergraduate experience. Moreover, you may be in a better position to get hired in a job that you feel you should be doing, but you’ll be outdated when it comes to knowing what sort of career you’d find rewarding.

We would recommend blending career with interest when choosing your modules, and while not avoiding modules that are going to be crucial in some way (for instance, if you hope to work in marketing you will also need to be knowledgeable in digital competencies and graphics), don’t neglect pursuing what interests you as well.

Taking modules you are interested in may not automatically convert to a higher paying job upon graduation, however may be influential in bringing you closer to finding a career path you’re happy to be on, even if it doesn’t happen whilst studying or immediately after graduation.

So what modules should you avoid taking as an undergraduate? Try not to take too many filler modules that you have no interest in but that you know will give you an easy “A”. These modules can be useful if your workload is so heavy you absolutely need to lighten it, however think that every unusable module you study eliminates the opportunity to take another one that could add real value to your career and working life.