To pack in my uni course?? [hmm]

(64 Posts)
HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 13:20:26

Hi
Im about to go into my 3rd year at uni out of a 4 year course that ive felt up and down about through out. I cant see me being able to stick it out another 2 years even though it will give me loads of opportunities at the end. At the end of the 4 years i'll just end up with a degree that i have no interest in making a career out of. However i do know what i want to do instead but the uni application deadline for this year has already passed which means i wouldnt start another degree course till aug 2014, which would be the last year of this course. I know i should really just stick out the 2 years and complete it then do a post grad in the area i want to work but i absolutely hate the course im doing just now.
WWYD?

kelda Wed 03-Jul-13 13:21:43

Is it possible for you to use some of the credits you ahve gained and swap over onto the other course? Have you spoken to your tutor about it?

ilovechips Wed 03-Jul-13 13:23:49

If this course opens doors in lots of areas, and you can study what you like post-grad, and you're pretty much stuck for another year anyway, I think I would stick at it to be honest. Difficult to say without knowing what the course is though...

HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 13:23:58

yeah asked to leave next year with an degree instead of the year after with an honours degree. I cant swap them over:/ which means the 2 years ive done so far will count for nothing really

SirBoobAlot Wed 03-Jul-13 13:26:49

Stick it out. It will be worth it in the long run, even if you don't use the degree itself, like you say it will open doors. And these could include post-grad study to what you really want to do.

EduCated Wed 03-Jul-13 13:27:02

It might not be too late for a course starting this Sept. The last few years have been trickier for recruitment than universities have been letting on and lots will have empty places come September. Can you still register for clearing on UCAS? Also phone a few universities with the course you want to do and ask about the likelihood of places and the possibility of transferring credit over.

NatashaBee Wed 03-Jul-13 13:28:03

Before doing anything, i'd check if you would be able to get another student loan if you drop out of this course. My sister has had some difficulties with that.

HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 14:08:56

i get a bursary just now so i dont know how it would work.

HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 14:15:04

and its nursing im doing just now

NotALondoner Wed 03-Jul-13 14:21:19

What do you want to do? Why is your course 4 years? Is it dual registration?

kelda Wed 03-Jul-13 14:31:52

So it's not just a matter of writing essays and passing exams, you'll have a lot of placement over the next couple of years. In your final year you will be expected to be capable of doing the job of a nurse (under supervision).

If you don't want to be a nurse, it will be very hard to maintain a show of willing and enthousiam for the placements and of course, for the patients.

Having siad that, I would make sure you have a definite plan before dropping out of the course.

HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 14:38:52

Its an honours degree and yeah thats y its so hard to stick with it. Really want to do primary teaching, or just anything thats mon to fri 9 to 5 really

NicknameTaken Wed 03-Jul-13 14:42:42

I think you'll get some primary teachers who'll come along and give a hollow laugh about it being 9-5.

Have you talked to the tutors in the course you'd like to do? As Natasha says, it's possible they have a place left.

Definitely check out the finance situation. If you're getting a NHS bursay, you can't just switch it across to teaching.

corlan Wed 03-Jul-13 14:50:57

Forget about teaching if you want 9 to 5.
Most teachers I know work evenings and one day of the weekend planning and marking as well.

kelda Wed 03-Jul-13 14:58:48

Your more likely to get a 9-5 job or part time job in nursing eg. in outpatients, clinics.

Most of the UK nurses I know are able to have a lot of say in the hours they work, esepcially if they have children.

FaintlyHopeful Wed 03-Jul-13 15:06:41

If you leave with an ordinary degree, you can apply to do primary school teaching as a 1 year postgrad or 2 years distance learning. At least you would end up with the result you want in the same timeframe as your current course will take.

HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 15:09:47

Yeah thats wjat I was thibking too, ive emailed my uni again and asked about leaving next year. Just waiting for them to reply now

ilovechips Wed 03-Jul-13 15:12:54

Lol @ 9-5 being readily available in nursing. Even out patients these days are open evenings and some weekends, traditional weekday jobs like community, practice nurse and clinic work just aren't 9-5. I am a nurse in a clinic setting, it used to be more traditional mon-fri hours but now we have to do shifts to cover 8-8 Mon-Fri and 8-1 Saturday. No nights though! (Yet lol)

But to be honest, I don't know anyone who isn't expected to work over and above their hours these days, no matter what the job.

BlackMini Wed 03-Jul-13 15:41:48

If you complete your course you could work in Pharma. 9-5. Good money.

kelda Wed 03-Jul-13 15:45:06

If you want a good job, good money, you will have to work for it in whatever profession you choose.

Both nursing and teaching are stressful jobs. I wouldn't say one is easier or more convenient then the other.

'Really want to do primary teaching, or just anything thats mon to fri 9 to 5 really'

The 'just anything' doesn't really convince me that your heart is set on teaching.

ilovechips Wed 03-Jul-13 15:49:01

Blackmini - agreed, pharmacists are better paid than nurses. But they are entirely different courses - a degree doesn't make you a pharmacist.

ilovechips Wed 03-Jul-13 15:49:48

A nursing degree doesn't make you a pharmacist I meant!

ilovechips Wed 03-Jul-13 15:50:21

And pharmacists work late and weekends too!

HongkongDreamer Wed 03-Jul-13 15:52:46

Ive always thought about teaching and I know that no matter what I.do i'll need to work for it, just want it.to be something that im going to stick with

ilovechips Wed 03-Jul-13 16:00:32

Knowing its nursing I've changed my mind from earlier and think if you know you hate it then leave - to be honest if your heart isn't in it this will eventually be picked up by one of your mentors in clinical practice anyway. The job (like most jobs) is hard enough to keep motivated with when you actually want to do it! I've no experience of teaching but if the main appeal for you is the hours I would suggest that's also not a good reason to choose a profession. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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