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Doing a non-vocational degree as a mature student

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TravellingSpoon · 05/04/2021 19:25

I see lots of threads on here about people who are retraining to do vocational type degrees - Nursing, OT. SALT etc.

AIBU to consider doing a degree which would be my first in a subject that wouldnt guarantee a job at the end of it? Has anyone done similar?

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StoneofDestiny · 05/04/2021 19:30

If you will enjoy it, are doing it to expand your learning and for your own intellectual challenge - go for it.


mynameiscalypso · 05/04/2021 19:31

I started doing a masters for fun during my maternity leave. It's vaguely related to my job but will not give me any advantages at all from a career perspective and is purely for my own interest. Presuming you have the financial luxury for it, it's nice studying without any pressure. My DM retired early and then spent some time doing a masters and a PHD (although never completed the latter because she got bored). She did it in a subject that interested her.


isseys4xmastinselcats · 05/04/2021 19:40

i did a degree in my 40s it was a part time combined arts one aimed at mature students i did it for the sake of dong it and to prove i could not for job improvement i loved doing it even though it was hard work doing two paid jobs and slotting the degree in between them and because at the time i was working i had to pay for every module whereas students on benefits in my classes got theirs for free i didnt care it was the challenge of doing it and seeing the end result


ThePricklySheep · 05/04/2021 19:42

I did one that opened up some options when combined with previous work. Is yours like that or more standalone?
Mine has really worked as a way of getting into a different field after a long break to look after children.


RosaBaby2 · 05/04/2021 19:43

My dad did photography degree at 58 - absolutely go for it!!!


EcoCustard · 05/04/2021 19:54

Currently mid way through an OU degree in a non vocational degree. International Studies, although I am considering goi g to brick uni ( through clearing if possible) to do a science/biology degree. I have also been interested in the areas of politics, social science and geography. I mostly enjoy it. I have no definitive career path either and currently a sahp. Always regretted not going to university after school and wanted to learn. In my opinion if you are going to study it should be in a subject you enjoy, are interested in and have some passion for.


IceCreamAndCandyfloss · 05/04/2021 20:03

If you’re working and will be paying for the study then it’s no different to any other interest. If you’re not working and it won’t lead ti a job or you won’t be repaying the fees I personally couldn’t do it then.


TravellingSpoon · 05/04/2021 20:07

I will be working so would take out a student loan for the fees. I currently earn just uder the repayment threshold but this will increase as I am on course for a promotion in the next 6 months.

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