The purpose of this guide is to provide detailed information about choosing a course of study in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

It is unarguably a fact that students after completing their secondary education are saddled with the thought of choosing a course of study. This problem is common among secondary schools leavers and that is why we are addressing the issue in this article.

While in schools, students when asked what they intend studying in tertiary institutions(universities, colleges and polytechnics) will say they want be doctors, nurses and engineers. But the question is, do you really know what you are choosing to study?. It is not about making your choice based on what your friend is studying or what you have been hearing about a particular course or field of study. Another question is do you really want to study this course?

Below are some of the guidelines students should adhere to when choosing a course of study.


Passion is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. Do you really have the passion to study this course. What really amaze you about the course. Will you be proud of yourself for studying this course. These are the questions you should ask yourself before making a choice.


These are what you should get or make ready before choosing a course. Some course have o’level requirements or minimum grades you must get before applying and considered for admission. You must get to know all the requirements in order to be eligible to apply and write the appropriate admission examinations.


You should keep in mind that the cost of training for some courses is higher than others. Do you really have enough financial backup to study a particular course. If you’re going in for courses like Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Law, Engineering, Pharmacy, make sure your sponsors are financially stable and can provide you financial help when requested.


You must know the exact duration for your course of study so that you can know how to plan toward it. This will help you to set up a financial strategy and plan your life well. Knowing the amount of years you will spend in school will make your to make future decisions for yourself. Keep this in mind.


It is good to consider job opportunities available for a particular course. This is to avoid the case of unemployment after graduating. Notwithstanding, we know that the world is changing, one may end up getting a job that is not even related to his/her field of study. But also one must be careful to choose a course with higher employment rate even though it is in the private or public sector.


No matter the course you choose, in order to be successful, you must be positive and be always ready to do what is required of you at the right time. Be serious about your studies, read your books, attend tutorials if possible, do assignments. Draft a timetable for your study, this will help you utilize the small time you and using it to help yourself academically.

Thanks for reading.


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