Careers, university course advice

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Questionsmorequestions Thu 18-Feb-16 19:30:10

DC is on the verge of leaving university having come to the conclusion that the course is totally wrong. It is 2 years in but there isn't any point sticking to something that is causing such stress and possibly illness. I am leaving the decisions to be made and not sticking my oar in but wondering where is the best place to get careers and options advice?

chemenger Thu 18-Feb-16 19:42:10

The university careers service would be the best place to start, even if she doesn't intend to graduate.

Questionsmorequestions Thu 18-Feb-16 20:17:08

True, I guess they'd know about transferring modules etc too. Thanks, though I Know it isn't my decision or issue it is so hard to watch them go through such distress and anxiety. I hope that subscribing to the school of thought that they need to sort themselves in order to be best placed to move on to succeed, is the right choice.
Thank you

BeeppityBeep Thu 18-Feb-16 20:34:37

I presume your DC has had a look on the student room website.

It's not that unusual a situation and the University will have seen it many times before.

There are lots of options.

What sort of Uni are they at and what sort of course?

StDogolphin Thu 18-Feb-16 20:37:40

Could she transfer?

Questionsmorequestions Thu 18-Feb-16 21:23:00

Without being too identifying as I would not be popular ( have name changed!) is at the top uni for the course which is an engineering degree. I think other factors influenced the choice and actually a different direction would be a much better fit. With 3 A* there must be options but obviously this time the choice must be right.
Yes Student Room had some good advice and also some success stories after changing degree. Thanks

chemenger Thu 18-Feb-16 21:39:54

If they have an idea of what they want to do then they should get in touch with the admissions tutors of courses they want to transfer to. We have taken students who have done one or two years elsewhere to a suitable point in our programme without many problems. Sometimes a university or programme just doesn't turn out to be a good fit, a change can sort everything out. If the change is to a different subject they may have to take an additional year, with all the associated costs that entails. Much better to find a better place to be than to stay unhappy.

Questionsmorequestions Thu 18-Feb-16 21:47:56

Thank you for your help and advice.

BeeppityBeep Thu 18-Feb-16 22:42:32

With 3 A* s then I'm sure he won't have a problem getting accepted elsewhere. The upside is that he should now have a much better idea of what he is looking for. With the best will in the world it's difficult to know for sure whether you are going to enjoy a University course or not.
It's only a year and a half of his life. Hopefully he has got something out of it even if it's not worked out as planned.
I really hope he doesn't see it as having 'failed' - he stuck it out for a good long time, presumably with the hope it was going to improve. It's just the wrong course for him. A 'top Uni' for an engineering course is going to be very hard core - just because you are extremely bright and, presumably, hard working doesn't automatically mean that you will thrive in a high pressure environment.

I really hope that he finds something that suits him. Im sure he doesn't feel like it at the moment but it's really not a big deal - ( hopefully, it's not too big a problem from a financial point of view confused )

StDogolphin Fri 19-Feb-16 13:22:08

Good luck for your DC, hopefully he can retain the first year and just repeat year two.

Headofthehive55 Fri 19-Feb-16 15:28:29

Does he know what he wants to do, course wise? There are conversion courses if he / she stays and completes the degree to go in a different direction, into all sorts of stuff.

Or start again. I was encouraged to finish my first degree ( poor move ) as it has never added anything to my employability.

Humphriescushion Fri 19-Feb-16 15:35:34

I would get him to speak to the university and see if he can get some kind of qualification if he finishes this year. My daughter left her business degree at the end of year two and was awarded a diploma in business. This maybe possible for engineering as well.

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