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    Start of year 13.

    went from history with spanish to maths, to econ.

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    (Original post by AtomicMan)
    As title says, when did you know what you wanted to study at university or ''the right career''. I often get criticised for how late I left it, and my parents were getting upset when I told them I didn't know what I wanted to be/study. For me it was at the end of year 10 when I got my first results for my modular exams, most of the good grades were skewed towards the sciences/maths and I always loved studying them, did some research and when I read around medicine the science around it was mesmerizing.

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    End of year 13 for me. People criticised you in year 10? There's way too much pressure for kids to know what they want to do/be from an early age. Top university's entry requirements always seem to be at least AAB (now they have A* grades of course) and require students to have achieved that the first time round. Do they not consider that perhaps 16 year olds have chosen the wrong subjects for A Level? Seems a bit unfair to me.
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    After choosing my A levels, I chose a degree based on the most useful of all of my subjects.
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    I think I was in year 8 or 9.
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    I never 'discovered' what I wanted to study at uni, I just fell into going to uni because it's what society expects (and because it was another 3 years where I could avoid full time work).

    Anyway, I graduated 2 and a half years ago now and still have no idea what I want to do career-wise. Actually, that's not true, I know exactly what I want to do career-wise which is nothing at all. Unfortunately that isn't really an option so more accurately I don't know what career I could bear to endure, they all seem awful.
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    Neither of my parents have gone to university, nor have any of my known family, so I had no one encouraging me to go into higher education. I also live in an area in which when teenagers have finished their education, they’re expected to work at our local McCains, or get pregnant. I had a lot of bad experiences at school with teachers so I just wanted to get away from there as soon as possible. After completing my GCSE's, I went to college to study a BTEC in Journalism. I actually had very little interest in the subject, but as I had always enjoyed writing, I took the chance to see whether Journalism could be right for me. Unfortunately, I found that Journalism wasn't for me despite being really surprisingly good at the course!

    My boyfriend and I got together in April of this year. He was going to university in September to study music and had a lot of prospectuses floating about his bedroom. I told him that I'd like to continue with my education but I didn't want to study Journalism or anything else Media-related and I wasn’t sure what to do. He suggested looking into Psychology as he thought I'd be interested in it (in other words, I like winding people up). Looking through his prospectuses, I found Psychology joint with Criminology. I looked further into Criminology and found the subject fascinating

    If I end up being any good at the law modules, I’d like to look into completing a law conversion course after my degree. I’d also like to eventually work with prisoners as a mentor, and also teach English in a prison.
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    (Original post by Liam 09)
    Just saw this after I posted but that was the exact date of my 16th birthday :P
    Is that not the exact date of all of your birthdays? :K:
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    well i want to do medicine, but the actual career i want to do wasn't decided on til about year 11, though it had been kinda 'developing' into that career since year 8/9 from watching Daddy Day Care
    i first wanted to be a Nursery Nurse... then a Child Psychologist... then a Child/Teenage Psychiatrist... and now i've settled on aiming to be a Paediatrician
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    (Original post by S129439)
    Is that not the exact date of all of your birthdays? :K:
    She said 2009, so it's only my 16th :P
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    I'm still not sure.... But I've applied. Lol.
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    (Original post by mermania)
    I never 'discovered' what I wanted to study at uni, I just fell into going to uni because it's what society expects (and because it was another 3 years where I could avoid full time work).

    Anyway, I graduated 2 and a half years ago now and still have no idea what I want to do career-wise. Actually, that's not true, I know exactly what I want to do career-wise which is nothing at all. Unfortunately that isn't really an option so more accurately I don't know what career I could bear to endure, they all seem awful.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starcraft_2 ?

    Sacrifice 3 years of living
    Move to Korea
    ???
    Profit

    Alternatively, publish satirical pamphlets chronicling the abandonment of individualism, liberalism, and freedom which will inevitably lead to socialist or fascist oppression and tyranny and the serfdom of the individual.

    If that doesn't appeal why not become a pro medical drug tester http://www.cashloopholes.co.uk/free-...ugs-money.html Looks fun.
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    At the beginning of year 7, while trying to get an MMO server up and running. Also, my reluctance to do anything repetitive (I love algorithms and automatization )
    Computer science seemed the perfect choice, and now I am applying to study it.
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    2 terms into my first uni course. I still think the expectations for a 17 year old to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives is pushing it a little for some.
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    I decided I wanted to make video games when I was about 10 years old. Maybe even earlier than that.
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    (Original post by Aphotic Cosmos)
    It was always going to be geography, but I made my firm decision over English and Computer Science about two weeks before I started writing my UCAS application.
    And a damn good choice too seeing as you intend to do postgraduate study in the discipline. :love:

    (Original post by ellakrystina)
    Neither of my parents have gone to university, nor have any of my known family, so I had no one encouraging me to go into higher education. I also live in an area in which when teenagers have finished their education, they’re expected to work at our local McCains, or get pregnant. I had a lot of bad experiences at school with teachers so I just wanted to get away from there as soon as possible. After completing my GCSE's, I went to college to study a BTEC in Journalism. I actually had very little interest in the subject, but as I had always enjoyed writing, I took the chance to see whether Journalism could be right for me. Unfortunately, I found that Journalism wasn't for me despite being really surprisingly good at the course!

    My boyfriend and I got together in April of this year. He was going to university in September to study music and had a lot of prospectuses floating about his bedroom. I told him that I'd like to continue with my education but I didn't want to study Journalism or anything else Media-related and I wasn’t sure what to do. He suggested looking into Psychology as he thought I'd be interested in it (in other words, I like winding people up). Looking through his prospectuses, I found Psychology joint with Criminology. I looked further into Criminology and found the subject fascinating

    If I end up being any good at the law modules, I’d like to look into completing a law conversion course after my degree. I’d also like to eventually work with prisoners as a mentor, and also teach English in a prison.
    That is quite a noble aspiration you have and I highly respect the path you wish to take. In a way, it doesn't matter if you're taking a "Mickey Mouse" degree, because at least it will be good preparation for the career you want to do.

    I very much hope you succeed in it.
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    Late last year, but it's still prone to change and added "refinements", if you know what I mean.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    That is quite a noble aspiration you have and I highly respect the path you wish to take. In a way, it doesn't matter if you're taking a "Mickey Mouse" degree, because at least it will be good preparation for the career you want to do.

    I very much hope you succeed in it.
    Thank you very much!:^_^:

    I think that even if I do end up going down the Law route eventually, the knowledge that I will have gained from studying Criminology will allow me to see the bigger picture when analysing cases.

    I strongly believe that education is vital in succeeding and can really help change people’s lives. My brother is dyslexic and is statistically more likely to get into crime than those of higher literacy. Jozef is lucky that he has a supportive family and has never been drawn into deviance, but of course not every person in his situation is so fortunate. One day I’d love to be able to help criminals change their lives through education and support them into a better future. To be the first of my family to attend university will be amazing and I know that by studying Criminology, I will be able to do some real help in the world.

    I think the problem with people who take such Mickey Mouse degrees as Sociology and Media (and Criminology) is that they don't really understand how to apply their knowledge to their career aspirations, which then leads them to failure. It's a shame as perhaps the general idea (well, fact) that those type of degrees don't lead to jobs actually prevents the students from taking the risk to apply for 'big' jobs that they'd be able to use their degree in.
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    (Original post by ellakrystina)
    Thank you very much!:^_^:

    I think that even if I do end up going down the Law route eventually, the knowledge that I will have gained from studying Criminology will allow me to see the bigger picture when analysing cases.

    I strongly believe that education is vital in succeeding and can really help change people’s lives. My brother is dyslexic and is statistically more likely to get into crime than those of higher literacy. Jozef is lucky that he has a supportive family and has never been drawn into deviance, but of course not every person in his situation is so fortunate. One day I’d love to be able to help criminals change their lives through education and support them into a better future. To be the first of my family to attend university will be amazing and I know that by studying Criminology, I will be able to do some real help in the world.

    I think the problem with people who take such Mickey Mouse degrees as Sociology and Media (and Criminology) is that they don't really understand how to apply their knowledge to their career aspirations, which then leads them to failure. It's a shame as perhaps the general idea (well, fact) that those type of degrees don't lead to jobs actually prevents the students from taking the risk to apply for 'big' jobs that they'd be able to use their degree in.
    True, it's really what you do with your degree that counts, so in your situation, Criminology is hardly a Mickey Mouse subject for you to take, and I believe you're doing it at Manchester - a reputable university, which is great.

    I do admire your ambitions, and I'm really glad there's an individual out there who aims to do the work you want to do. I certainly would want to work in a prison with criminals! :p:

    It's nice that you're also using your degree for a better purpose - helping others. As opposed to certain Media students who want to become "rich and famous" for their own personal pleasures.
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    (Original post by helpneeded-a)
    After i saw legally blonde.
    That is no joke.
    Haha, this. Then I ****ed up my A levels and decided I didn't really want to do Law after all. Then picked a rubbish degree which I hated and dropped out after two months. Sat in a restaurant in my nearest city to home, it suddenly hit me that I actually really enjoy learning languages (I did Italian as an outside module at the uni I hated) and I decided to apply for French and Italian. Got to uni, still loved both languages but for various reasons dislike the French department and way they teach, so ditched that in favour of pure Italian. Realised that halfway through first year but only changed for the beginning of second. Still don't really know what I want to do as a career but want to explore publishing and PR (and maybe marketing but I'm going off that). It's an evolutionary process! I might still end up applying to work for the FCO or something. Or become a career TEFL teacher. Orrr just a ski/surf bum depending on season. I think I'd like a career in which I can travel and live abroad, or at least have the opportunity to work in a different country should I wish to.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    True, it's really what you do with your degree that counts, so in your situation, Criminology is hardly a Mickey Mouse subject for you to take, and I believe you're doing it at Manchester - a reputable university, which is great.

    I do admire your ambitions, and I'm really glad there's an individual out there who aims to do the work you want to do. I certainly would want to work in a prison with criminals! :p:

    It's nice that you're also using your degree for a better purpose - helping others. As opposed to certain Media students who want to become "rich and famous" for their own personal pleasures.
    Well I study Print-Based Media (Journalism) now, and I wouldn't mind becoming rich and famous for my own personal pleasures either, you know
 
 
 
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