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Five good reasons to change programs

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Are you studying graphics, but discovering industrial design is more your thing? Thinking about switching over?

According to the experts, anyone thinking about changing programs should give the matter some serious thought beforehand. You want to be sure you’ve got a very good reason for changing tracks. Otherwise, you run the risk of wasting time and money. Sure signs you need a change include:

1. You’re stressed out.
Overcome with headaches or nausea every morning before class? These physical manifestations of stress could indicate that you’ve made the wrong choice in study programs. “If you have trouble concentrating, studying and respecting deadlines, or if your assignments seem overwhelming, you might not be in the right field of study,” says Aline Massé, a career counsellor at the Université de Sherbrooke.

2. You aren’t suited for this kind of work.
You went into social work because you value equality, justice and solidarity. And yet, you find it difficult to work in emotionally charged situations. It could simply be that you aren’t cut out for this line of work.

3. You don’t agree with the principles being taught.
“You have to be interested in the core elements of the program,” explains Mathieu Guénette, a career counsellor and consultant at SPB Organizational Psychology. For example, to be an art therapist you not only have to like art, but you have to agree with the principles of intervention. “If expressing yourself through art is more your thing, you might want to pursue another avenue.”

4. You discover a new program.
While studying social work, you discover occupational therapy, which is more in line with your interests and aptitudes. Proceed with caution! “Take the time to evaluate the situation. You might want to discuss it with a career counsellor,” advises Massé. A career specialist will help you make the right choice.

5. You don’t like the working conditions in your field.
“If you love to cook,” says Guénette, “but aren’t comfortable with the pay and schedule in the restaurant businesses, you may want to consider another career.”

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