Emily: Help! I've changed my mind

Although starting out studying an education degree, Emily changed direction and decided to study a Bachelor of Arts, graduating in 2016. In future, she hopes to work in event and wedding planning.


So, you’re in your first, second or perhaps last year of university and you’ve come to the sudden realisation that you don’t want to be a teacher/engineer/Alsatian trainer.

As you come to this realisation, you may find you encounter people who don’t understand or support your decision to change courses…

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • But you’ve already put in so much hard work!
  • Don’t quit now, you’d be silly to change your mind!
  • Why would you quit? It will give you a stable career!
  • You don’t know what you want yet! Suck it up and power through it!

But no matter what anyone says, remember: it is absolutely OK to change your mind.

You might be feeling a whole range of emotions right now, but you’re not alone.

Changing your mind doesn’t mean you have to quit, and it doesn’t have to be the end of your study journey.

Even though others are looking out for you, focus on doing what YOU really want to do, not what they want you to do.

You didn’t make it past O-Week... so what? It’s not the end of the world.

The great thing about uni is that there are heaps of other options available.

What to do if you change your mind:

1. Access Student Services for support and advice. A guidance counsellor can help you sort out your emotions (if you need to). A Career Development Practitioner can help you work out the best educational options for you (like how many credit points you can transfer).

2. If you’re going to change your program or your degree, find out what requirements you might need to transfer and the application closing dates to change your enrolment (so that you avoid an academic penalty if you don’t finish a current class). Find out how to apply for your new course and enrol before the closing date.

3. What are your options? If you don’t want to continue studying at uni, think about deferring your degree. Take some time off and think about what you really want before you decide to withdraw from study completely. This acts as a ‘safety net’, just in case you change your mind and do want to keep studying.

4. Find out if you can apply to transfer your credit for previously studied courses towards your new degree.

5. Remember, you are NOT alone. There are many students in the same position as you.

So, enjoy your new learning adventure and if you change your mind again, repeat steps 1-5.

Have you changed your mind about the direction you're heading, and aren't sure what to do next? Discover why Laurie changed her program after only six weeks and didn't look back or read how Crystal learned to cope with the pressure of not knowing which path to choose.


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