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    (Original post by anita-573)
    It's the university of nottingham, I worked hard in first year and obtained a high first to show my dedication when applying for a summer placement, but I was let down at the last minute (middle of July), so it's seems like a bit of a waste. I saw it as my ticket out of my current uni but now I'm feeling a bit helpless. There's always going to be some other applicant with a slight edge and a degree seems to not be enough. I haven't had any positions of responsibility either to talk about in an interview or personal statement.


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    I think you shouldn't give up. Don't compare yourself to others just go your own way.
    Search in websites, ask your carrer office at uni and try different ways. If you can't find placement now you can go for internship next year or after you graduate and continue for a masters later. There is always a way don't get frustrated!
    Chemistry is a highly appreciated degree and can get you in many different fields. Don't be disappointed, just try to do your best now in your studies because postgraduate admissions give attention to grades too.

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    (Original post by beautifulbigmacs)
    I promise that as a psychology bod you should be able to make a smooth transition to social sciences. A lot of the study methods are very similar.
    Well the issue is I'm a mathematician whose never done any experimental work :P My PhD is in statistical methods for psychologists and I'm a statistician (which is why they picked me for the project). They thought the MSc would be useful but it is definitely not aimed at people with my background, hence the anxiety!

    A lot of the thread is "you'll be okay if you like the topic" and I'm relatively indifferent to mine. I never would have applied for this particular course on my own.
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    (Original post by monkyvirus)
    A lot of the thread is "you'll be okay if you like the topic" and I'm relatively indifferent to mine. I never would have applied for this particular course on my own.
    In that case it's just a means to an end and you need to keep your eyes on your ultimate goal. You'll be ploughing through something you maybe don't enjoy, but it will only last a year.

    I did jobs I largely despised in order to pay the bills, for over twenty years. If I can survive that, you can get through a Masters. You're tougher than you think.*
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    (Original post by monkyvirus)
    Well the issue is I'm a mathematician whose never done any experimental work :P My PhD is in statistical methods for psychologists and I'm a statistician (which is why they picked me for the project). They thought the MSc would be useful but it is definitely not aimed at people with my background, hence the anxiety!

    A lot of the thread is "you'll be okay if you like the topic" and I'm relatively indifferent to mine. I never would have applied for this particular course on my own.
    Aww you're so lucky to be offered the masters degree. I'd be buzzing for a free masters degree. For people beginning a new subject as a masters I have always found the course content and structure helpful to work with *
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    (Original post by monkyvirus)
    Well the issue is I'm a mathematician whose never done any experimental work :P My PhD is in statistical methods for psychologists and I'm a statistician (which is why they picked me for the project). They thought the MSc would be useful but it is definitely not aimed at people with my background, hence the anxiety!

    A lot of the thread is "you'll be okay if you like the topic" and I'm relatively indifferent to mine. I never would have applied for this particular course on my own.
    Are you able to refine/fine tune the pg degree title, to something which more suits your tastes? And how far in are you? You know you probably won't suceed if you aren't both passionate, skilled AND able to put in the hours. This goes for undergraduate degrees and masters, so even much more so then for a research degree.
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    Quite frankly, given what you have said you don't sound like you know what you are doing, and therefore don't stand a chance!
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    In that case it's just a means to an end and you need to keep your eyes on your ultimate goal. You'll be ploughing through something you maybe don't enjoy, but it will only last a year.

    I did jobs I largely despised in order to pay the bills, for over twenty years. If I can survive that, you can get through a Masters. You're tougher than you think.*
    Thanks I just need to keep my eye on the prize! I've always been a worrier but I'm sure I can get through it.
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Let me and others starting this year absorb all your wisdom

    :adore:

    Thank you
    I wish I'd known that it would be as hard as it turned out to be.
 
 
 
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