Last week, we discussed how you can make your decision for next steps after the release of MSCE results. We categorised your situations into four different groups depending on the quality of your results: students who are nearly guaranteed a place at national university, those who have a good chance for selection, those on the border between being selected and being left out and lastly those who have near zero chance of being selected. We went into details of decision making for the first two categories. Today we will tackle the last two categories.
Third category: You are the group that is on the border between being selected and being left out. You are not too certain of your chances. You might get a place but you may as well fail to make it. It is difficult. We all know that these days there are long delays between the time you write exams and when the results are released. Similarly, there is a long delay between the time when you have your MSCE results and when you can ideally start your university education. On this basis, it makes sense that when you are on the border between being selected to University and not being selected, you make the decision to try your luck again – repeat Form IV and maximise your performance.
By repeating, you will be improving your chance of doing well and even getting selected to university. If you just stay at home, you achieve nothing and should you learn latter than you have not been selected to university, it will be too late for you to repeat. In fact, if you delay, you may in essence lose out one year because you can only start your repetition at the next start of the academic year. Of course, you may feel a bit ashamed to repeat or you may even think that you are not supposed to repeat. But, remember that a little feeling of shame today is much bearable that big regret tomorrow. If you do not repeat today, chances are that in the future, you will regret that you did not repeat.
Fourth category: You do not have any realistic chance for being selected. Your decision here is similar greatly improve your results to the level where you can be selected to university. However, if you do know and are convinced that repeating will not change much on the quality of your results, you may decide to move on. In the past you could look for jobs with just the MSCE, but these days, you will still need some training and course if you are to embark on a career. Therefore, if you decide that repeating is not in the best of your interests, you now need to determine the course that you need to pursue— other than university programmes. If you have adequate financing, you may attempt joining private universities which usually have lower entry and admission requirements compared to the national universities.
Over the two weeks, we have dwelt on the framework that you can use to make your post MSCE decision for the next steps. If you follow this structured way of making your decision, you stand the best chance to determine an optimum path to your success in the future. Those that do not use some structured thinking in making that decision, they are unlikely to make a good decision. Try your best to follow this framework as you determine the path to your future. Good luck!