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AIBU to feel like a complete failure since graduating

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guccigirl666 Wed 21-Nov-12 18:34:19

I graduated from uni in June 2011 and ever since then feel completely lost. My degree was my focus and I gave it my all and graduated with a first. However, I studied the wrong subject- a creative one. I realised I do not want to go into that industry and I didn't have any luck when applying for jobs anyway.

Since graduating I have been changing my mind on a monthly basis about what to do with my life, I am on a masters doing something I would like to work in but the job prospects are utterly miserable (if I google 'job vacancies' in this area not a single one comes up for the UK, very specialist). The MA is 3 years long, I'm about 7 months in and although it is interesting, I just don't think the opportunities are there.

I am working in a very low paid position, term time only so have barely any money. I still live at home, have a young dc with no chance of moving out. I have an interview for a pgce coming up, but highly doubt I will get on as it's at a very competitive uni but the only one I can get to. I don't even know if I want to teach, it just seems like the only option. I have also been thinking a lot about a degree in nursing, but that's another 3 years of studying and I have a dc to support.

I'm so bitter than I have worked so hard but made all the wrong choices, I wish I'd studied something more academic. Everywhere I look I see people my age in good positions getting decent wages and I am so jealous.

Rudolphstolemycarrots Wed 21-Nov-12 22:34:14

You don't have to continue studying in that subject area. Stop and take stock. What do you really want to do? Then go for it.

AlexanderS Fri 30-Nov-12 11:24:07

How you getting on OP?

blanksquit Fri 30-Nov-12 11:37:11

Have you looked at health courses that give NHS bursaries? ODP is one and I think has similarities to nursing. It's a two year course so not too bad. The practice shifts might be long but if you have help at home it may be feasible. If you look at the NHS jobs website you can guage how much work there is. In our area, ODPs are quite sought after.

They used to offer diplomas in nursing which came with a bursary. I don't know if these are still on offer. You can upgrade to the degree level later on in your own time.

The bursary is around £8k per annum I think and all fees are paid. Quite a lot of the nursing students where I worked, enrolled as a bank health care assistant and earnt extra money doing the odd shift.


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