What are the best courses to study in the Philippines?

Philippines
November 16, 2009 9:14pm CST
I have twin sisters graduating in high school this school year. They keep on bothering me about the best course/s to study nowadays. By profession, I am a CPA but I don't really encourage them to study the same unless they have passion counting/monitoring other people's money/finances. How about you guys, do you have any idea on best college courses to study and why? My sisters intelligence level is more or less above average.
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@rjvb26 (2518)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Well if we will talked about the Philippines only i think we need to see first what is the natural wealth of our country, then after it, decide what you think is best to get and best that can help the society, it is like the return of investment. We live safely in this country, we sometimes get health cards from the local government so i think it is best to return what we are getting. Now what is the natural wealth of our country? Our country is rich in agricultural resources, and natural resources, now think of a course that is related to those resources. And i think after such studies, you will be one hell of a successful individual and will also be hailed by the society for being an asset of it.
• Philippines
21 Nov 09
When we had our initial discussion about this, both of them responded to take up Accountancy. When I asked why, they told me that they know I could help them in the process. I asked them to consider their interest and our financial capability when choosing the right course to study. We had another discussion last night. They informed me of their interest on computer-related courses like website design and computer graphics and animation. For now, we will focus our research on these courses and see if any of these would be ok for them.
@rjvb26 (2518)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
O i see, hmm let me see why don't you try bringing them to a guidance counselor and asked the counselor to conduct a sort of career orientation, i think it would help them. And what are they're interests? Do they want to help people who are sick? Do they love numbers? Do they want building new marvels? Do they want to understand the human behavior? Of course we need to know first what are they interested in so that you will know what course will be best for them, and try to ask them, from that interests, what do they think is the appropriate course for that? For instance they love numbers, then ask them do they want to take accounting course? As you are an accountant you can explain them what an account do, and what is happy about being an accountant? Or.. another example, do they like mystery and understanding people's thoughts and behavior? Then tell them if they wanted to be a psychologist, o well if only i can help you talk to your siblings i will, as matter of fact i am a counselor, but the problem is i do not know you and maybe we are far from each other. But do you think my suggestions will be effective? Let us take agriculture away, just focus on the questions that i gave you, maybe by that method we will have an idea of what they really wanted.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
My sisters have never been exposed to any agricultural activities. I'll check if this is something that would interest them. Thanks.
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@rsa101 (13350)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Well I think the best answer to this question is from your sisters. First thing to ask them is what are their interest in life. I believe that the best courses suitable for a person would depend on the person's interest and the courses are just there for them to provide the knowledge they are best suited in. For me there is no such thing as best courses to study because if you really like what you are studying that is the best course suited for you. Never make decision because that course is making more money than any other courses. If they like Fine arts as their course then let them explore that area of study and from there you could measure their success on how they made good on that course they chose.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Really? During our time, we don't have school seminars on this matter. Thanks for informing me. I'll ask them to check if their school provide this type of seminar. Thanks again.
@rsa101 (13350)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
I do hope that their school would have this some kind of career guidance seminar that colleges would introduce these HS students from various courses they could enroll on. i think schools are doing this to guide their students in making their own decision what they want to take in college.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
You are right, I should not decide for my sisters. I have told them several times that they should choose the course to study based on their interests/passion, intelligence, and our financial capability. At the end of the day, they will be the one responsible for their own choices. They told me that they just want to get ideas on best courses nowadays for them to select which ones are best for them.
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• Philippines
18 Nov 09
I agree to the posts here... choosing a course will ultimately depend on what you really love to do after you finish studying... when i graduated in high school, i take BS Accountancy because I thought it tackles all about MATH... but during my four years studying in college, with unstable grades in my major subjects, i realize it it wasn't meant for me... it is so hard to shift course, especially when you have the drive to help your family after you graduate... it was so hard that time that all i can rely on is God... so i step back, think about what i really like... aside from Math, i really like art and graphics... so God gave me a sign... i once heard that "What talent/gifts that the Lord has given you shall make your way to your success..." so now, I'm taking Computer Graphics and Animation... many people asked me why, but I said that this is what I really love... therefore... (thanks for reading to my long story anyway... and sorry ;P) choosing a course is like choosing your destiny... if you don't hold on to what you really love to do and what the Lord wants you to do, you'll be ending up miserably.. you can always take second chances but the time that you spent won't come back anymore.. "To love your work is effective... but to work on what you really love, is more than effecient..." thanks and Godbless you all!
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
Hi musikaLorA. Thanks for your inputs. One of my sisters is interested in your course now which is Computer Graphics and Animation. Can you please share more info to us about this course? How long does it take to complete this course? Which schools here in Manila, especially Makati, offer this course. Do you know where can we inquire more info about this? Sorry for having so much question. We are interested in your course as it relates to my sisters passion for computers and animations. We thank you in advance for the big help.
@bebeth (122)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
hi, what about geology? or geodetic engineering perhaps? i find only a few people are taking up courses like this... i have a few friends who took up this course. they told me that a lot of opportunities await for people with such a degree... (i met these friends in college and wasn't able to shift anymore)...
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Most of the people I know who are into geology and geodetic engineering are males. I'm not sure if my sisters are interested on these fields. But these are certainly new additions to the possible choices. Thanks.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Well, I myself I don't encourage those high school students to take the same course I am now, I'm a 3rd year BSN/Nursing, it's really hard and it needs passion to the sick people and those who need care. I'm not saying that it's not a good career to choose but I'm just saying the consequences that you'll get if this is your choice of career, first it's expensive, second very less good opportunity waiting after passing the board exam, third it's hard on both of your physical and mental. I recommend them to know what they first want to do on their life and what things that they enjoy most doing, because tuition fees are no jokes in college and you don't want to waste the money your parents are providing, right?
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
I guess we have the same concerns on nursing. But in case they choose to study nursing, they just have to be responsible and stand by their decision. Thanks.
@MJAL08 (275)
17 Nov 09
if they want accounting then go to PLM or UP. if they want tourism then go to PUP. if they want Engineering then go to Mapua. if they want Nursing then go to UST or UP. if they want Mass Communications then go to Lyceum or UST. these information are base on the accreditation of the schools and their COE courses.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Hi, we will consider your suggestions once my sisters have chosen the course to study. thanks.
@offlimits (602)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Your sisters should really be the ones to choose their professions because first of all, their future is what's important here, and second, they should be interested in the course that they will have to take up, or else, they will just be forced to go to school and may not be able to learn well. I myself am taking up BS Psychology right now, and I would say I really enjoy my course. I don't really have regrets in choosing my course because I find it interesting and I somehow feel that this course is suited for me. Well, just an advice, tell them to choose a course that they really want. Being interested in something really gives determination to study. If they indeed find the suitable course for them, they won't even shift courses anymore and thus prevent from further educational expenses. Haha. Take care!:)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
I agree. Education is really expensive nowadays. This is one of the reasons why we are researching for different choices available. My sisters will have the final decision as to the right course for them to study. I'm just helping them gather information. Thanks Offlimits for the inputs.
@tontunan (255)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Ask them what job they want to have. Try to research courses with description and try to discuss on them. Try to find unique courses that they might love to take up since demand courses or we may say common courses might bring them difficulties in finding job because of competition.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Yes, the difficulty of finding job due to competition is their primary concern. However, they are also afraid of trying new courses in the market because of lack of information on the possible opportunities after graduation. I really hope I could help them on this matter. I don't want them to be like me who took up accountancy because this was the only profession, aside from teaching, my parents have introduced me. Thanks Tontunan.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Restauranteur, my daughter will take up this course, I want to have a Restaurant
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Oh, your suggestion is a new one. We have not looked into this before. Thanks.
@rg0205 (2641)
• Hong Kong
17 Nov 09
There is no such thing as the best course in general because it depends. I wouldn't really interfere with these decisions because I think the best one is the one that you have passion for. If you don't know what it is, then figure out where you'd like to see yourself 10-20 years from now. That's usually the advice I give when people ask me what's a good course to take up.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
You are correct in saying that I should not interfere with my sisters' decision and that they should have passion in whatever course they are going to study in the future. As their sister, I would like to guide them also in choosing the best course to study. I want to help them in gathering ideas about the best courses available. But as I have told them several times, the final decision as to the right course to study should come from them.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
I agree with the previous post. Let your twin sisters decide which course to take in college. They may base it on their interests or probably which subjects they like. Courses involving computers, such as IT and graphic arts, are in rage nowadays. Enrollment in nursing courses are still high. Many still take business-related courses. It really depends on the person. You can suggest depending on their intelligence or interests, but don't dictate what course they should take.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Thanks Moonchild117. We'll do further research on IT and graphic arts. One of them has special interest on drawings and computers. I think the other one is more inclined on business-related courses. Both of them are still gathering information on possible courses to study.
@gaiza12 (4893)
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
There are a lot of good courses to study here in the Philippines. Accountancy is nice, IT and tech courses i've heard are also in demand. But i would suggest you let your sisters choose their preference or what their love is. I don't regret the fact that i wasn't able to choose my course before but i was really hoping that i could turn back time and choose another course than what i have finished. They might regret it in the end if you choose something they won't love or of their interest. You're a good sis since you don't choose a course for them..just have to guide them all the way. Goodluck to your sisters..
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
Thank Gaiza12 for the course ideas. Rest assured that I will never decide for my sisters. I'm just helping them gather ideas on possible courses to study.