Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Subject POSt(s) Research

Choosing courses for the following year may be done for most of you. The next decision you might be faced with is choosing a Subject POSt(s). As I mentioned in my previous post, choosing a Subject POSt(s) is usually done after your first year or completion of 4.0 credits. 

Planning ahead is definitely an important trait that can help you succeed in university. So why is it important for you to select a Subject POSt(s) as soon as you can? Because ROSI will block you from selecting courses if you have completed 4.0 credits and have not chosen a Subject POSt(s) appropriate for your degree. Another reason is because it can further help you complete your educational and career path in university. The registrar's office has more details of Subject POSt(s) that may be important in your research.

So, it is not uncommon to feel like you are making a major decision that can eventually put you in a panic mode. To be honest, when I was in my second year, I was one of those students who had a hard time choosing my Subject POSt(s). I changed my major twice and there were a lot of factors that affected my decisions. The first question you should ask yourself is definitely what are you interested in. Because it is most likely you will do well in a course you are interested in. You will be more likely to focus and do all the work because you are interested in that course. Another important question is what strength you have that helped you do well in courses. Strengths like good researcher, writer, or very intricate with details are the ones that may help you in assessing what courses you want and may eventually do well in.

After having a list of potential courses, you should do your homework further and read the course descriptions. This can be found in the calendar. Take it two more steps by reading the course outlines frequently found on the departments’ websites. Reading through the anti calendar can also help you by reading through previous students’ evaluation on the professors and the courses.

Lastly, it may help to look into the career path you want to take. Career exploration may involve career assessment and websites like career cruising (remember that for career cruising, your login name is your UTORID and the password is the same password as your UTORID's). If you are still unsure, the academic advising and career centre does have a list of tip sheets of career options by program.

After all the research and homework you have done, you are still stuck and have questions.. do not panic. The Academic Advising and Career Centre has a lot of approachable advisors to help you get through this tedious process. So you can come in for a walk-in appointment or can make an appointment with an Academic or Career Counselor.

Happy researching and good luck!

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