Your time is your most valuable asset and how you choose to spend it is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make. Once you have decided what you want to study, you will be spending at least 4 years to finish your degree and then have to wake up every morning for the rest of your life and go work in this chosen field. Yes, you can change your field – but that will most likely only be much later in your life. Choosing what you want to do, is thus, one of the biggest choices that will affect you for the rest of your life.

Keeping this in mind, let’s have a look at what some of the most popular fields of study are that people choose to invest their time in:

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Business Management (and Administration)

If you are interested in the corporate world, then this is the perfect field for you! This degree is a very versatile degree that can get you into practically any industry that you are interested in. With this degree, you can pursue a career as a human resources officer, logistics and distribution manager, marketing executive, retail manager, sales executive or systems analyst to mention only a few options. If you decide to continue onto your Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management you will also start opening higher positions for yourself such as COO or CEO.

This degree usually takes about four years to complete. During these four years, you will be covering subjects such as finance, business management, ethics, organizational behaviour, marketing, business law and economics as major subjects. Although the course content is generally the same, each university will offer their own spin on it with unique subjects to make both their program and you, after graduating, stand out. Some of the electives that you will be able to choose from include business psychology, information management, product development and international business. These are however only a few of the subjects available and you will end up compiling a subject list that will compliment your core subjects and the field that you would like to specialise in.

On average, your tuition fees should work out around $33,215 per year but keep in mind that this does not include accommodation, study supplies such as textbooks and stationary or food.

Nursing

Nursing can be one of the most fulfilling career paths to follow. If you enjoy caring for people then this is definitely something that you should consider. With a nursing degree you can, among other careers, become an adult nurse, children's nurse, learning disability nurse, mental health nurse or a midwife.

To get your bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) will take four years. After completing your degree, you will have to go to take the National Council Licensure Examination in order to become a registered nurse. Many nurses have had a very successful and fulfilling career with only a BSN degree but if the study bug bit you and you would like to continue studying, you can apply for your master’s of science in nursing (MSN) and then your doctorate in nursing. Following this path will open new career opportunities for you such as doing funded research or training other nurses. This will also help you to earn a higher salary.

If you decide to become a nurse, it will cost you anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 each year depending on where you decide to study and what electives you choose. There is currently a very big shortage of nurses in America so finding work should also be relatively easy.

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Communications

The world has become so small nowadays with the internet and all it has to offer. Along with this are numerous new opportunities and problems which need solving. In my opinion, one of the biggest problems is how to effectively communicate with clients, colleagues, suppliers and online communities and how to stand out from everyone else in all the clutter.

The need for communications specialists is increasing on a daily basis and the career opportunities are endless. From working as a Public Relations officer, Social Media specialist, marketing specialist, journalist, speech writer and so much more. If you enjoy strategic thinking, technology and working online and with people then this is definitely the path for you to take.

Depending on what degree you choose to take in communications, it can take 2 – 4 years to complete. Subjects that you will be covering during these four years include Introduction to Communication, Marketing Communication, Communication and Ethics and Public Relations. Depending on what university you go to, other business-related subject or media related subjects will be covered. This is a very big field which is still growing and evolving.

Again, depending on where you go and study tuition fees average at around $159,304 for the four years.

Other popular fields of study include computer science, marketing, liberal arts and history.

But now remains the question, to go mainstream and follow everyone else or to go your own way and carve your own road? These are all good degrees with definite work available but do keep in mind the demand and supply theory. If everyone is studying these degrees, will there come a time that work opportunities become scarce in these fields? My advice would be to find something that you enjoy and in which you can specialise in, making it worth your time and monetary investment.

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About the Author: Lizan Gray, is currently an editorial assistant for an online company in Dubai. An adventurer at heart, she is originally from South Africa and busy finishing her degree in Business Administration.