(Original post by fat_hobbit)
You said that you don't want to do Engineering.
Engineering to be honest, if you get through it, will lead to employment even from lower unis.
It comes down to supply/demand in the end.
Yeah I know man engineering is in demand, but I would hate to pick a degree just for the employment prospects. Also I have read quite a bit about the STEM shortage myth and that a lot of engineering graduates go into finance/abroad for better pay.
This is a confusing situation for me, as psychology is my main interest, but at the same time having any sort of career in psychology would be very tough and competitive. Even if it is just becoming a psychotherapist or counselor I think, and I have read loads about how competitive clinical psychology is, which just further discourage me.
I know that psychology involves things like statistics, research and biology, but I am skeptical as too how transferible these are?
So what's your opinion about this? Would you go to university to study a degree that interests you? Or is university more about preparing for a career after you graduate?
At the moment I am leaning more on the "interest" side, because I already have struggled massively in my A levels when I did subjects that didn't interest me that much, but I did them because I was preparing for the future "employment prospects". I am trying to avoid being in the same situation again as when I did my A levels, and that's the main reason I took a gap year and didn't go further with engineering. I mean if I took easy A levels back then, I would have had a higher chance of getting good grades and with less effort.
If I could go back, I would have redone ALs, but I had no one to guide me. Despite my amazing experience (worked on multiple award nominated projects), I am still barred from grad schemes, I cannot apply to Accenture, Capgemini etc etc. These corporates honestly do not care if you have great work experience and turned it around post ALs etc and for that reason yes the current HR system is a shambles - because one can argue they don't hire the best people, some people mature later than others academically. Academia also does not necessarily equate to being good in a commercial environment either. But that is the way it is, and you have to accept it. At least you are in a position right now, where you can avoid making the mistake that I made.
Damn that sucks man
So are you still planning to retake your A levels, or are you not looking for grad schemes now since you already found a graduate job?
I have read about academia being a very cut throat and competitive place, and that a PhD is extremely undervalued these days and you would be seen as "overqualified" for having one? Which also discourages me from psychology and makes me want to study something "practical" (one of the reasons I wanted to do engineering). However psychotherapy and that could also be seen as practical, so I will have to look more into that.
Depending on the subject, chances are they will struggle to get employment afterwards.
Well one does chemical engineering so he is "safe".
Two do forensic science, which I know is over saturated and competitive.
One is doing law, which is hugely competitive, and I did not know this at that time so I couldn't warn him about it. But I hope he knew it before applying, also he has good A levels anyway.
And one wants to do physics and will apply the same year as me.
I think physics is a good technical degree, but I have heard that engineers are preferred over physicists in industry and so unless he would go into research/teaching, that would leave him with things like finance and accounting.
Overall I think that too many people go university, and I know it sounds hypocritical since I am going too. But if apprenticeships were more flexible and taken more seriously than university, I would have taken an apprenticeship by now.
Other than that I think mass immigration also strains the job market dry, even though I'm an immigrant myself. But really my mum was so intent on coming here for a better future, and I was literally in the middle of high school pleading my mum not to leave. So yeah in a sense, sorry for coming to the UK and straining the job market and economy.