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What's your degree in?

140 replies

SunshineInMySprocket · 26/09/2020 02:40


I'm trying to help a young person decide what comes next in their education. They definitely want to go to university but are struggling to see the wood for the trees when it comes to degree courses. So to help them see how broad their options are, could I ask if you have a degree, what's it in and what job do you do now?


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Peakypolly · 26/09/2020 02:46

BSc Medical Anthropology- Creative Art Therapist (did a Master's enroute)

RosieLemonade · 26/09/2020 06:55

BA in Education with childhood and family studies.
And then PGCE

Marchitectmummy · 26/09/2020 06:56

Architecture and unsurprisingly an architect.

DrDreReturns · 26/09/2020 06:59

BSc in Biotechnology - it was mainly genetic engineering and microbiology. I'm now a software engineer! I did work in life sciences for a decade after graduating though.

NoWordForFluffy · 26/09/2020 07:00

English Literature. I'm a solicitor as I then took the GDL and LPC so I could qualify.

Teesstar · 26/09/2020 07:01

I have a BSc in Nursing and am now doing an MA in creative writing. Complete change!

WhatInFreshHell · 26/09/2020 07:03

LLB and LLM in law. Hard work, but thoroughly enjoyable!

mindutopia · 26/09/2020 07:03

Sociology and I am in fact a sociologist (but did a master’s and PhD after that). Prior to that though I worked for charities and was a social worker.

SisterA · 26/09/2020 07:04

I liked physics and maths so I studied mechanical engineering and got a BEng with honours. Then did my MSc in energy. I’m now a subsea engineer

Sexnotgender · 26/09/2020 07:05

BSc Mathematics, consultant in a data analytics firm.

NiceGerbil · 26/09/2020 07:06

I think it's the wrong question.

What do they love?
Do they want to study something for the passion, or do something very vocational?

I studied a subject I loved. I do not regret that at all. I am probably successful in work by most people's standards.

Cat14123 · 26/09/2020 07:07

Bsc social work.

This degree gives a lot of scope for areas of work.

I work in children's services and there are various areas within this to work. There's assessment, children in care, adoption, family safeguarding, youth justice, leaving care, the list goes on...

Then you have adult services, vulnerable adults, mental health, hospital discharge teams, the list goes on but this isn't my area so I can't remember any more 🤔

It's a very adaptable degree and gives you lots of options for different careers.

NiceGerbil · 26/09/2020 07:08

There are excellent choices for degree type vocational. Actuarial science springs to mind.

Ffsnosexallowed · 26/09/2020 07:09

Law - now a senior manager in health and social care

NiceGerbil · 26/09/2020 07:10

KUDOS to sister A.

Erm. By the way.

Got a bit excited Grin

NiceGerbil · 26/09/2020 07:12

OP there is no point asking random women what they did.

What does this young person enjoy? Love? What do they imagine doing for a job,? Etc..

Mintjulia · 26/09/2020 07:13

BA in Business administration.

I graduated just after the IBM PC was launched and the industry was seeing massive growth so managed to catch the wave.

Looking at what might be needed for the next 30 years - nutritionalist might be a good idea.

notheragain4 · 26/09/2020 07:13

I find it odd when people want to go to university but don't know what course to do, surely you should only go because there's a course you want/need to do? If they really don't know I suggest a gap year and spell in employment (appreciate that's a tall order atm). As much as university is about experience, you're paying £50,000 for a qualification so you need to get it right, you don't want to have to go back, and well, it's not going to be much of an experience in the next 1-2 years anyway.

Otherwise, try not to do something too specific unless you really know it links to your desired career path, and if you do something like a broad subject humanities degree (as I did) think ahead about additional CV filling like volunteering/part time work in a desired career path, to set you apart and give you a head start on graduation.

Sertchgi123 · 26/09/2020 07:13

BSc in Public Health

Indoctro · 26/09/2020 07:14

Electrical and Electronic engineering

20 years in O&G as a engineer - very well paying industry.

Now a technician at secondary school in HE (so sorting out cooking ingredients) department part time as fits in with my kids.

orangejuicer · 26/09/2020 07:14

BA English studies and PgCert in educational leadership. Now working in the civil service mostly developing and writing policy.

PlateTectonics · 26/09/2020 07:16

Engineering (MEng), but I never actually worked as an engineer. I worked in finance and I'm now a maths lecturer.

SaskiaRembrandt · 26/09/2020 07:18

I have two degrees. The first was in English and I went on to work in marketing, publishing, and IT. The second was in History, and I'm now doing postgraduate study and working as a researcher.

NiceGerbil gives good advice! Most degrees provide transferable skills, so unless the young person wants to do something vocational (nursing, dentistry), they should pick a subject they love. A degree takes a long time to complete and would be a real chore if you don't feel passionate about the subject.

MysweetAudrina · 26/09/2020 07:18

Professional accountant qualification ACCA, Senior Civil Servant leading on climate policy.

Nonamesavail · 26/09/2020 07:18

Religious studies

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