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    (Original post by post-grad-u-ate)
    Say your birthday was in September then you would be 19 when starting uni, 20 if having done a gap year!

    then if you did a 4 year programme with a placement year, you would be 24, turning 25 at the end of summer and merely a few weeks after starting a graduate programme in July / August, with some starting in September to give you the summer to have some fun.

    You shouldn't have any problems with your career as long as you can show why you did what you did when you did it so being realistic.. how much of a better uni do you think you will get in to with going to college? Probably not much, and although people assume the best universities are the obvious ones like Oxford and Cambridge when actually some specialisms are at lower ranked universities. Advertising for example, huge industry worth billions yet the best course for advertising is at London College for Communication, part of the University of the Arts. Somewhere like this might be much more suited for you than somewhere elitist and stuffy like Oxford.

    You mention Politics and Economics.. well in the political realm is a lot about public relations and political consultancy / strategic communications / crisis management whatnot. There is a revolving door between government and the PR industry. LCC offers a great course in public relations or over at Cardiff there is Journalism, Communications and Politics and this a great mix of how the media has so much power to influence the world - take the shootings in the last few days and how the aspect of live-streaming, not just uploading a video but actually inviting the internet to be with when something crazy like that happens can have a huge impact of tens of thousands of people marching in protest all over the world.

    Cardiff offers modules such as:

    Introduction to Government and also Political Thought and Political Science,
    Representations
    Influencing Public Policy,
    War Politics and Propaganda,
    Citizen Media
    The Making and Shaping of News
    Communicating Causes
    Elections in the UK
    Spin and Unspun: Public Relations and the News Media

    Cardiff is ranked 35th nothing spectacular but a good university and would open doors, so no point fighting for a better uni when you can do so well in other places as I have tried to demonstrate. The advertising course at LCC for example could have you working for Ogilvy & Mather in London and then on to New York! They recognise the prestige of the advertising course at LCC within the advertising industry.

    The degree from Cardiff could get into newspapers, government, PR, and also within financial services so to build experience in all these areas would make your profile stronger and perspective on all of these collaborating industries.

    This is so much more interesting and modern to studying PPE which has created a robotic governing class.

    So this is to go to show that if you research and think of a clever way to start your career it could be really interesting! Entirely up to you but really doing your research might really help and finding out what you can do with what you've got so far would be good and how you can work with that.

    Anything else just ask.
    Thanks a lot for your advice. That does sound like a really interesting course but unfortunately I'm limited to Scottish unis for financial reasons.

    I have a place at aberdeen but I would like to either go to Glasgow or St Andrews. Are people able to work in business/for NGO's with politics/IR degrees?
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    Thanks a lot for your advice. That does sound like a really interesting course but unfortunately I'm limited to Scottish unis for financial reasons.

    I have a place at aberdeen but I would like to either go to Glasgow or St Andrews. Are people able to work in business/for NGO's with politics/IR degrees?
    Aberdeen is a great university, which it's ancient historical buildings, it would be more popular if it wasn't so tucked up in the furthest corner of the country. IR involves understanding the complex dynamics of countries, central to this is international economics, trade and diplomacy so multi-national companies would be interested such as the energy companies which is a huge industry in Aberdeen.

    Aberdeen University offers IR joint with Economics which would be good for crossing between business and government roles.
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    Aberdeen is a great university, which it's ancient historical buildings, it would be more popular if it wasn't so tucked up in the furthest corner of the country. IR involves understanding the complex dynamics of countries, central to this is international economics, trade and diplomacy so multi-national companies would be interested such as the energy companies which is a huge industry in Aberdeen.

    Aberdeen University offers IR joint with Economics which would be good for crossing between business and government roles.
    That does look like a really good course. Thank you!
    I have, however, been guaranteed an unconditional from glasgow for next year to study the same thing. I do prefer Glasgow as a city and also really like the uni. Would it be fine for me to go ahead and start uni next year?
    I started the thread because I wanted to know if taking another year out (and finishing at 24) would compromise my career - that's what will ultimately help me decide.
    Thanks again!
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    It will make no difference whatsoever. Employers don't really think like that, they just want to know what you are capable of.


    And for further reassurance, they aren't even allowed to ask your age now, so they wouldn't even know.
    agreed. My sister is 42 upon graduation but got an ace job starting salary 33K. The degree at Brunel had a government placement in social work which was key: others with placement in voluntary sector only wouldn't fare as well. So when you say good uni you also need to focus on quality of placement what % of graduates are in good employment after. I got a first in mathematics at a University of London college but no applied options - computer programming etc so have had to do an MSc in statistics. You will only face ageism if you leave it till much later but I wouldn't just redo A levels for a year - I would try to get some kind of office job on top or do a couple of courses in excel, computer programming etc if you eventually want finance etc. There are also jobs in economics in government - and if your uni is a good one you would have a good chance. Personality and work ethic is more important than age for sure
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    That does look like a really good course. Thank you!
    I have, however, been guaranteed an unconditional from glasgow for next year to study the same thing. I do prefer Glasgow as a city and also really like the uni. Would it be fine for me to go ahead and start uni next year?
    I started the thread because I wanted to know if taking another year out (and finishing at 24) would compromise my career - that's what will ultimately help me decide.
    Thanks again!
    If it was me I'd only take another year out if I was working and itd benifit me to gain a foot through the door in my chosen course. But, but if I wasn't working I would take the offer and start September as your not left thinking aboutyour chosen course next year or strugling to gain paid work.
    Although I had a four year break from college to university I felt as though I wasn't given the support I needed but did my best in my studying despite the trouble I had in second year. Bit of advice, get to know your class mates as all courses expect you to work in groups in the second year. Third year was great as you can choose the subjects apart from industrial group work but that was great as tutors put you in groups.

    Also go freshers week every day and join clubs, something I wish had done.
 
 
 
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