General Discussion: Students Study, Loans & School Or University, Chat, Discussion & Query Thread!!


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krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

25 Sep 2012 18:58
I would go, at least then he sees your damn committed. And if the worst comes to worst, its still a holiday to NY which is never bad.
blamtw
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205 posts since 25/2/12

25 Sep 2012 19:08
nothingelseworked wrote: The first year of most degrees is getting everyone up to the same level, builds the foundation for the latter years. Hence most first years are only required to achieve a minimum of 40% overall (You can even fail a module or two and still pass, unlike 2nd/3rd year where you have to pass everything). It's obviously best to go for something you think will hold your interest (Which is hopefully what you did at A-Level too), but don't be too worried about not having prior experience in certain areas. The degrees that require prior knowledge will state you need X, Y, and Z to even apply.
thanks a lot man,gonna start looking into what I'd be able to do now
NigelBenn
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4664 posts since 6/2/08

25 Sep 2012 19:18
Ju wrote: I'm doing an economics degree despite having never done it before, it's less about experience or what you did at a-level and more about how hard you're willing to work/how bright you are.
This.

To be fair, the job you get after graduation will more than likely not be related to your degree at all. I did my placement in Management Consulting and most of the grads studied Engineering / Physics / Maths etc. I don't think employers specifically look for a degree related to the role, a degree shows you can think to a high level / are a good problem solver and proves that you can follow things through.
blamtw
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205 posts since 25/2/12

25 Sep 2012 19:22
i'm into photography but i don't see a degree in it benefiting me in a career, but you're saying a completely unrelated industry might still take me on with a degree in it,surely they would rather have someone with a more relevant one? cheers for the help
andymakesglasses
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20691 posts since 26/1/06

25 Sep 2012 19:26
lew909 wrote: I don't think employers specifically look for a degree related to the role, a degree shows you can think to a high level / are a good problem solver and proves that you can follow things through.

This doesn't really apply with art and design degrees though, unless it's from a prestigious university.
NigelBenn
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4664 posts since 6/2/08

25 Sep 2012 19:31
Yeah, I guess it's a bit different for the creative degrees, however, I question whether the art students would even want a career in 'business' or the City…
andymakesglasses
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20691 posts since 26/1/06

25 Sep 2012 19:36
Well the subjects he's mentioned so far are business and photography Laughing out loud
Razorlight123
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5087 posts since 13/1/10

25 Sep 2012 19:44
Either do traditional degrees from any university (2:1 acceptable from High to middle universities - 1st from low universities with a plan to either go into masters) or 'not so widely recognised' degrees at top unis - be able to apply anywhere to jobs which are not degree specific.
blamtw
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205 posts since 25/2/12

25 Sep 2012 19:55
guess it brings up the old argument of should you do a degree in something you enjoy or something you don't enjoy but will get you a good job (or both if you're mental and love accounting or something), got an appointment with the careers advisor from my old college which will no doubt prove to be a massive waste of time but we shall see Laughing out loud
quest
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3783 posts since 11/7/11

25 Sep 2012 19:59
do a business degree because business degrees will make you a businessman and really rich
and do it at any university
Razorlight123
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5087 posts since 13/1/10

25 Sep 2012 20:01
quest wrote: do a business degree because business degrees will make you a businessman and really rich
and do it at any university

Not as an undergraduate. Business admin maybe.
I'm probably just pushing forward my traditional views on the subject.
Razorlight123
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5087 posts since 13/1/10

25 Sep 2012 20:01
blamtw wrote: careers advisor from my old college which will no doubt prove to be a massive waste of time but we shall see Laughing out loud

Usually is mate, had an interview with mine and they stated I should probably apply to a college in the area, Being that hardly many people go to uni from the school - but with a Nigerian parent with a PhD that'll never wash.
YLAup
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5872 posts since 5/9/11

25 Sep 2012 20:06
You should go to university currently with the idea that there is the likelihood that you'll do a masters or further study. Most degrees, no matter what they are or where they are from, don’t really matter anymore, even with essential work experience. The competition is as such that a masters with some funding behind it, or serious connections in a unique or in-demand field is what everyone should be looking towards if they are to choose a degree.

Interest for first degree, specialism for masters.
blamtw
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205 posts since 25/2/12

25 Sep 2012 22:46
quest wrote: do a business degree because business degrees will make you a businessman and really rich
and do it at any university
that sarcasm is exactly what i've been saying to everyone i know who's doing a business degree.

thing is I actually like business studies, found it interesting and I understood it quite well, just ehhh on doing it at uni, and thanks razorlight you're filling me with hope mate Laughing out loud
Razorlight123
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5087 posts since 13/1/10

26 Sep 2012 07:35
blamtw wrote:
quest wrote: do a business degree because business degrees will make you a businessman and really rich
and do it at any university
that sarcasm is exactly what i've been saying to everyone i know who's doing a business degree.

thing is I actually like business studies, found it interesting and I understood it quite well, just ehhh on doing it at uni, and thanks razorlight you're filling me with hope mate Laughing out loud

Lol, you know what, it really depends on what you're looking at doing after - I'm just picking a traditionalist view - it's not really what you do anymore in regards to degree it's what you obtain at the end in terms of results. (And work experience, be it internships or whatever)

Go for it if you know it's something you'll enjoy and also do well in it and interest won't wane over the course of the 3 years.

But always plan ahead, looking at the bigger picture. Look at where you want to be and the incremental steps in how to get there.
sj99
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2151 posts since 26/11/10

28 Sep 2012 13:47
Razorlight123 wrote:
quest wrote: do a business degree because business degrees will make you a businessman and really rich
Not as an undergraduate. Business admin maybe.
A business degree at a leading university will be worth having. A business degree from any other university I'd agree with you.
blamtw wrote: thing is I actually like business studies, found it interesting and I understood it quite well, just ehhh on doing it at uni, and thanks razorlight you're filling me with hope mate Laughing out loud
A business degree and business studies (a joke) are two completely different things.
walnuts wrote: Do Maths, Physics or Computing and you'll walk into most non-specialist jobs (i.e almost any desk based job)
If you do maths you can do any job in the city - financial services to management consulting to trading.
Tatzz.
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156 posts since 20/11/08

3 Oct 2012 12:30
is a journalism degree a waste of 3 years? opinions…
Peregrine
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1013 posts since 17/6/09

3 Oct 2012 14:15
The general advice that I've heard about journalism is that if you want to do it as a career, study a traditional subject (e.g. history, english etc.) at a good uni, and get a fuck ton of experience in any way you can. Oh, and to not do a degree in journalism.
Anto
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4086 posts since 19/1/12

3 Oct 2012 14:20
+ 1 on what Peregrine said!
Tatzz.
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156 posts since 20/11/08

3 Oct 2012 14:26
Thanks guys, just going back to blamtw said, what degrees are actually worth doing?

I'm no good with science, nor computing, so I'm panicking a bit, not wanting to waste three years to come out and be earning less than someone who went to uni, never mind the debt…