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Will I get a university course without doing Economics?

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th July 2007 03:00 AM

BEFORE you believe your friends, you need to think about your career interests. You seem to focus more on subject combination without any consideration for your abilities and interests.

BEFORE you believe your friends, you need to think about your career interests. You seem to focus more on subject combination without any consideration for your abilities and interests.

Dear Jamesa,
I am taking Literature, Divinity, Geography and Fine Art (LDG/A) and the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams are just a few months away.
My friends scare me that I am not likely to get a course at university just because I do not take Economics. What should I do with my already created problem? Do I qualify for any degree programme at university?
T.M

Dear T.M,
BEFORE you believe your friends, you need to think about your career interests. You seem to focus more on subject combination without any consideration for your abilities and interests.

By making subject choice at A’ level you are already sowing the first seeds that will sprout into a life long career. The choice of subjects must, therefore, be done with serious thought and planning.
You need to seek the right information from the right sources.

Your friends are not career counsellors and they also need information just like you.

Economics is a subject like any other and it is not used as a yardstick while short-listing applicants for university admission.

These are myths that students have invented and using them to make career decisions is misleading.

Every programme has its own specific subject requirements. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) admits students on the basis of programme requirements guided by the subject weighing criteria.

Although Economics is a relevant and essential requirement in most art and science-based programmes, it is not a compulsory requirement for university admission. There are many students who have been admitted without Economics.

You should note that subject combination is essential in opening doors for university admission, but it is not the main deciding factor in career choice. Your interests, abilities and talents are the most critical determining factors in choosing a degree programme.

Your subject combination qualifies you for a range of degree programmes in different faculties. Let’s explore some of them:

Makerere University Business School:
Human Resource Management, International Business, Leisure and Hospitality, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Business Computing and Business Information Management.

Faculty of Social Sciences:
Social Sciences, Social Work and Social Administration.

Institute of Psychology:
Community Psychology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Faculty and Computing:
Bachelor of Information Technology

Faculty of Arts:
Mass Communication, Tourism, Environmental Management, Development Studies, Secretarial studies, Dance and Drama.

You should also note that career success does not entirely depend on the subjects you have studied, but on your abilities and attitude. Your attitude determines how far you go.

Your description of the subject combination as a ‘created problem’ reflects an attitude that might close your career doors in future. Since you have already chosen your subject combination, make the best out of it.

Compiled by Jamesa Wagwau
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Education Vision, P.O. BOX 9815, Kampala

OR jwagwau@newvision.co.ug OR sms to NVfeatures on 198

Will I get a university course without doing Economics?

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