Programmes of study at the senior and tertiary levels of education in most countries are chosen in terms of priority by applicants. Three or four choices are offered to these applicants. However, first choice programmes are mostly what every applicant to a Senior High School or University wishes for. To most of them, gaining admission to the institution one applies to and reading his/her first choice programme is the best thing that can happen to a student applicant. This explains why a second choice programme, when offered to an applicant, results in great heartbreak and disappointment. Should these applicants continue to pursue the second choice programme or re-apply the following academic year for the first choice programme? The answer is dependent on various factors.
This includes the readiness of the applicant to better his/her grade and wait for the next academic year since this is usually the cause of a roll up to a second choice by the admissions unit of an institution. Also, another factor is the need to bear extra costs as a result of re-sitting some subjects to upgrade one’s grade on the part of those who wish to wait for the next academic year’s admission. It also comes with some degree of ridicule from age mates, classmates and members of the society who would associate academic weakness to the applicant’s inability to be enrolled.
Pondering over all these sacrifices an applicant needs to consider, the majority of them resort to the pursuance of the second choice courses against all odds. However, they sometimes have to battle with inadequacies within themselves and the urge to register despair for the second choice programme. This attitude must be shunned if the new student is to succeed with the second choice programme. It is true that some courses studied in educational institutions have many already established industries that are ready to employ new graduates in comparison with others. Yet, it must be borne in mind that every programme studied at the university has enterprising job outcomes that explain why it was given accreditation to be studied at the Senior High school or the University. Therefore, when every programme of study is pursued with excellence and hard work, it would result in wonderful future employment prospects.
To be able to cope with the challenges of second choice programmes, applicants must dissuade any internal grievances for it and rather create a likeness and passion for the course. This can be built by reading about the success stories of personalities who pursued the programme. Also, immersing and picturing oneself as a future employee of a firm that employs products from the course of study would urge the new entrant to be serious with the study of the course. Moreover, the new student must turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to any form of ridicule or derogatory and unfortunate comments about the course being pursued that issue forth from some students who boast of the supremacy of their programmes of study, as well as some lecturers and members of the society. More importantly, applicants must be focused and determined to succeed with the second choice programme. With diligence and hard work, the student would nurture strong desire for the course which would give birth to seriousness in the study of the course and possible employment avenues in the future.