Let me share my story here(a bit long, hope you guys don't mind).
Around 2 years ago, after finishing my STPM, I actually wanted to pursue Pharmacy(in a local private uni of course, since it's almost impossible to get into Pharmacy in a local public uni).
At that time, there were some people around me who told me that there would be an oversupply in Pharmacy graduates by the time I graduate, and hence it would be difficult for me to secure a job after graduating(well, I think this information also made it into the newspapers if I'm not mistaken).
Problem is, I didn't really knew what to study after my STPM aside from Pharmacy, as I never really had any interest/ambition in anything.
But after working in a retail job for 8 months(post-STPM), I realized that dealing with customers wasn't exactly something that I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life. Coincidentally, about 1 week before the orientation for the Pharmacy course in the local private uni that I've already applied for, I received an offer to do Materials Science in a relatively prestigious local public uni.
I asked my dad: "What should I do? Should I pick Pharmacy or Materials Science?". My dad told me that this is a choice that I have to make on my own. He told me he would support and respect my decision no matter what I chose.
In the end, I chose to study Materials Science. It was quite an easy decision to make(took me one day to make that decision though), as I already knew that I don't like dealing with customers, which was the job nature of most pharmacists. I think the cheap fees and the reputation of the uni were also the pull factors for me to make that decision at that time, too.
Now I'm in my 3rd year of my course, and I can say I'm doing okay in this course(CGPA slightly above 3.0), even though this course is mostly Physics based and not Chemistry based, and I never had any pre-u Physics basics since I was from the Biology stream during my STPM.
Maybe I could score in this course easily as this course mostly just requires lots of memorization, I don't know..
As for career prospects, I've told myself that if I can't get a job with this degree, I would probably just do postgraduate and become a lecturer afterwards...
(My dream is to become a scientist for now)
So yeah, I guess I'm fortunate that my parents never really forced me to choose my courses.
Glad to hear that you have a good parent and you doing well in what you have choose
Yes, sometime there were some people or aunties uncles told you that this over supply, that industry is going down.
that also will affect your decision to choose course as well. even worse that might affect your parent decision as well.
Not even course, sometime they will tell you this uni no good, that uni no good as well. like they are going to pay your tuition fees