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do you (or your dcs) have a degree? what subject and what's your occupation?

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out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 00:08:43

and is your (or your dcs) degree relevant to said occupation?

trying to figure out dds future here smile


duchesse Fri 29-Mar-13 16:43:44

I have a degree in law, and now work as a translator. I do a fair bit of legal translation so the degree is certainly not wasted, nor is the staying power to read long and boring documents, ability to argue and be assertive in debates.

DH has a degree in maths (became more and more applied as he went through it), did an extra year of very applied maths verging on physics and now works as a research scientist.

DMIL has a degree in maths and worked as a maths teacher until retirement.

DFIL had a degree in maths and worked as a research scientist.

DH's grandfather had a degree in maths and worked as a research scientist. (are you spotting a pattern here grin?)

DH's G- GF had a degree in maths and worked first as a maths teacher, then as the bursar of his old college.

DS is 2 years into an engineering degree and is hoping to become an engineer/scientist of some sort.

DD1 is applying for medicine and hoping to become a doctor, although medicine gives you entry into many more careers than being a doctor (research science being one of them...)

emsyj Fri 29-Mar-13 16:31:13

Law degree - ex city lawyer, now work for govt department (not doing law)
DP - no degree, company director doing IT project stuff

Kez100 Fri 29-Mar-13 16:19:32

No degree.

Chartered Accountant.

I did O levels (at a dire comprehensive in the early 80's), BTEC National Diploma in Buisness and Finance (at a local technical college) and, during that course, a local accountancy firm came to the course and interviewed those of us interested in becoming Chartered Accountants. I won the training contract on offer and I did all my professional training with them - practical experience in their offices and they funded my courses and attendance at Reed College for the examinations.

YorkshireTeaDrinker Thu 28-Mar-13 20:19:13

BA English Lit, MSc Information Management, both RG unis. Worked as a librarian (for which my MSc qualified me), now an IT programme manager in the NHS.

Lindyhopper29 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:18:18

DD has a degree in zoology and is currently working in Next. Sorry that's no help but no jobs relevant to her degree in this area and she's applied for some further afield without success.

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 28-Mar-13 20:16:03

Interesting thread.

English Lit. Am now a stay at home mum considering a degree in social work, previously was a writer. Friends from my course are now lawyer, publisher, journalist, artist, doctor.

DP did chemical engineering, & went into the city. Then he did medicine & is now a doctor.

TinyDiamond Thu 28-Mar-13 20:14:39

DP has Bsc in computer science, msc in financial economics and CIMA. He is a finance manager

I have a foundation degree in shoe design and 2/3 of a sociology degree that I am hoping to take through to Phd level.

<utterly outs self>

Jellykat Thu 28-Mar-13 20:09:30

Me- degree in Fashion/Textiles and sew for a living (amongst other things)

DS1 - degree in Professional Musicianship, but although getting a first, he was so disillusioned by the music industry in the end, hes now a well paid Web designer.

msbossy Thu 28-Mar-13 20:06:42

BA in American Studies (Lit) at UKC. Included 1 yr at Mount Holyoke Massachusetts.

MA in publishing at Oxford Brookes.

I work in IT! I'm a Business Analyst for a publishing company.

tenlittlebuns Thu 28-Mar-13 20:03:03

I did a degree in history; have always worked in publishing, mostly children's or educational.
DH did maths, then PhD in physics, now an engineer

I have always thought that if I was to do it all again I would go for something more vocational, so interesting to read recruiters on this thread saying they still look for good degrees in traditional subjects.

outtolunchagain Thu 28-Mar-13 19:52:47

Politics and economics degree , Chartered Accountant , now working in the third sector .

Ds1 now doing politics degree , no idea what he wants to do.

Primrose123 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:46:43

My degree was in German and French. Worked in the manufacturing industry for a few years, being responsible for French and German speaking clients.

Gave it up to be a SAHM.

I have recently retrained as an ESOL teacher. Just need a job vacancy to come up.

Oh, and I am a part-time piano teacher.

paintyourbox Thu 28-Mar-13 18:45:56

Me- Masters degree in Pharmacy then post-grad in Clinical Pharmacy. I divide my time between being a pharmacist and lecturing in pharmacy.

DP- medicine degree. Now a cardiologist.

Luela Thu 28-Mar-13 18:34:01

I did anthropology then worked in finance for about 7 years now retraining as a primary teacher - all very different areas smile

EllenParsons Thu 28-Mar-13 16:26:38

I studied German and French, then I did the GDL (law conversion) and my career is as a solicitor at a City law firm.

wilsonbelle Thu 28-Mar-13 14:24:12

BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence - 1st class, RG uni
Msc Finance & Information Technology - RG uni (not the same one)

I've spent most of my career as a software engineer (interesting, very well-paid, lots of opportunity across a huge variety of sectors), mostly in healthcare/finance industries, BUT five years ago stepped up into project management - was a scary move at first due to the pressure/responsibility, but love it.

Personally, I'm encouraging DD to look at the longer term prospects of any careers she's interested in. Clearly, doing something you love is key, but (for example) when I pointed out the disparity between childcare salaries vs. teaching salaries, she didn't believe me at first.

I think she'll end up doing something childcare related, still - as long as she's aware of what she's getting into, she has my 100% backing no matter what she decides to do.

(DH was hoping for her to follow in our footsteps - DH runs his own IT consultancy - but alas she's just not interested at all.)

MrsSalvoMontalbano Sun 24-Mar-13 20:37:14

Degree in French, trained as Chartered Accountant, then worked for years in IT sales, now career change to be MFL and Latin teacher... Like a previous posege, I love learning and will keep learning till the day I die - DH finds it odd that I just keep learning new stufff..grin. DC - who knows.. I hope they will go for engineering as seems like the best degree to keep options open. DC at very academic school where the leavers' destinations balance has now shifted to US Ivy league from Oxbridge..

ginmakesitallok Sun 24-Mar-13 20:19:17

Law degree and masters in healthcare management. Work in NHS.

DP, degree in chemistry, PhD, senior lecturer and researcher

serin Sun 24-Mar-13 20:16:06

Degree in Occupational Therapy, Work as an Occupational Therapist.

DH degree in Zoology, PhD in something biological, worked as an embryologist for almost 20years then quit to teach.

motherinferior Sun 17-Mar-13 20:43:52

I have a first degree from Oxford and an MA from Warwick, both on English. I am now a magazine journalist specialising in health and mental health.

BendyBusBuggy Sun 17-Mar-13 20:37:31

Thanks, out2lunch, feel much better now smile

out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 20:31:05

bendy - thats exactly how we picked ds a levels grin

Bearcat Sun 17-Mar-13 20:27:24

DH - Civil Engineering, he's a civil engineer.
DS1 - Civil Engineering, he's gone to work in an investment bank.
DS2 - Economics, he's got a graduate job in October with Deloitte as long as he gets a 2:1!!!!
I didn't do a degree but did a diploma and work as a health care professional for which you now need to do a degree to qualify.

BendyBusBuggy Sun 17-Mar-13 20:16:37

When I was in my last year at school I bought a book that listed all the degrees that were available. I crossed out all the ones I wasn't interested in. Then I crossed out all the ones where I didn't think I'd like the "obvious" job that followed that degree. Then I crossed out all the ones where I thought I'd find it hard to find a job with that degree. In the end two were left: food chemistry and statistics. I wrote to the unis and after looking through the material they sent me, I chose statistics.

Re-reading this confirms what I have always suspected: i'm a nerd

out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 19:57:11

wow smile

thank you so much for all your responses - a really interesting read.

i agree with whoever said the job market is constantly evolving - i have been out of it for ten years so am a bit out of is really great to see there are so many options out there.

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