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Your cousin is about to apply to university. He/she cannot decide whether to study history which was their favourite subject at school or a business degree which may relate more directly to a future career and has asked you for your advice.

Write a letter to your cousin. In your letter:

  • make suggestions regarding which decision you think is better
  • suggest other ways they could find out more information
  • invite him/her to visit you to talk more about the subject

Being your letter with Dear….

Dear Nicola,

It was really nice to get your letter and I am pleased to hear that you will be going to university next year – that is very exciting news.

I know that it can be difficult deciding what course to study, but I do think that you should take your time as it is such an important decision. Have you thought about contacting the Careers Advice Service? They can give you some really useful tips – I used them myself a few years ago. If I were you, I’d make an appointment and go and see them before you make any final choices.

I’m not really sure whether it would be better to go with the subject you love – history – or focus more on an area you think might be more helpful with finding a job; I suppose your future career should really take priority though.

I’m at home all weekend next week, so why don’t you come and stay with me for a couple of days and we can discuss it all in more detail?

Okay, well let me know.

Hope to see you soon.