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Advice for those considering a study change

Motivation and enthusiasm are the two ingredients that inspire a person to achieve their life goals. If you're not happy with what you're doing, chances are the effort will always lack. That's why it's important to discover something that you enjoy and then find a study option that will match.

If you've started studying in one area and have realised that it's not for you, don't despair. Change is not a bad thing. In the below paragraphs, we look at the things to consider, if you're thinking about a new mode of study.

Ask yourself, would I rather be studying something else?

If you find that you're unmotivated and lacking enthusiasm for what you're studying and trying to achieve, ask yourself, 'Is this really what I want to do with my time?' What you choose to study is a reflection of what you hope to accomplish in life. If you're not invested in what you're learning, chances are you won't grow to love it when in the workforce. You should view this realisation as a blessing in disguise, though. Use it as a perfect reminder to remain committed to your true goals.

If yes, then ask, what makes you truly happy and passionate?

If you've given everything considered thought and you agree that a study change is in your best interests, don't over-complicate things. Think positively. Recall the first time that something really inspired you and made you excited about the future. For example, if you were in the kitchen with your mum and dad as a child, dreaming of cooking five-star meals, a Holmesglen hospitality is probably your calling. Maybe you started studying in one area because you thought it was a safe or popular choice, when your interests were always captured elsewhere. The secret to a successful life is finding something you enjoy and making that your daily purpose.

Consider your end goal

You shouldn't study for the sake of studying. You shouldn't be in the classroom simply to receive a piece of paper at the end, either. The reason to receive an education is to help you gain useful knowledge and get the career you want. If what you're studying isn't going to lead you to your career goals, perhaps it's time to find a study choice that is more suited to you. This is an instance where you're allowed to be selfish. You're chasing your dreams, not someone else's.

Look into your study options

Deciding that you want to change your study stream is the first part of the process. It's then important to ensure that you make the transition into your new field of study an easy one. Take advantage of the services available to you. Holmesglen has a careers and vocational counselling service, while the academic support department can help you understand the tertiary expectations specific to your study. There are various courses in most study areas; find out which one best suits your aims and interests.

Take your opportunity

If you've thought about, researched your options and found the perfect course and moment for you, take the opportunity that is in front of you. Nothing good comes to those that wait. If you feel you'd be happier in a different mode of study then the present is as good a time as any to reignite your goals.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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