Once a student has identified which career path they would like to pursue, they can tailor their academic portfolio to set them up for success. Some of these paths require more planning than others due to the high number of student applications and competitive landscape. Students will have to meet the strict entrance requirements if they wish to have a successful application. That’s why it helps to know which subjects to focus on that can help bolster your application. Some of these high demand courses include Dental, Technology, Finance or Economics.
In this blog, we run through some guidelines on what majors can aid a student in their chosen path.
Dentistry: Most dental students will have majored in biology and chemistry. Although majoring in other subjects like the arts or humanities will not discount a student, if dentistry is your chosen path, it is helpful to focus on the majors that will strengthen your application. For a dentistry degree, students will need to complete a 5-year degree in dentistry approved by the General Dental Council, followed by 1 to 2 years of postgraduate dental training. When you apply for a dentistry course, you could be asked to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test or BioMedical Admissions Test.
Technology: Students who wish to pursue a career in the field of technology will need to complete a bachelor's degree. For more specialised roles, some employers will require a master's degree in computer science, information science or a related field. Employers may also want to see at least 3 years of IT experience, with 5 to 10 years of experience for upper-level positions. To receive a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, students should concentrate on relevant majors like computer science, information systems and software engineering. By gaining a solid foundation in mathematics, science and engineering, students can build a broad knowledge of computer science subjects in courses in data structures, numerical analysis, data management and programming languages.
Finance/Economics: For this field, students should place a specific emphasis on subjects accounting, economics, finance or business administration. When choosing high school classes, students should concentrate on economics, maths and accounting as they will prove valuable for aspiring financial specialists. Applying for a bachelor's degree will be required following school as this is generally the minimum education required for financial managers. Many employers have upped the ante and now search for candidates with a master's degree, preferably in business administration, economics or finance.