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    I want a career change and I’m thinking about returning to university to do a Masters degree in order to initiate it. Why? Well I feel I have a useless degree which has no real job prospects, just fantasy ones!

    The problem is, I don’t know which career/masters degree to choose? I know one thing though, I do not want to make the same mistake twice and end up doing another useless degree. The problem is of course, it is very easy to think your doing a great degree (due to university propaganda) but in reality your degree will not gain you any real-world jobs. Take the following example, university will say “Take an environment degree! Caring for the environment is very important and it is a fantastic career opportunity!” WRONG! This is not true! Environmental job do not exist! Perhaps in 20 years time, they might, but as of right now, they don’t! There exists no such job, search through job searching websites and I can guarantee you won’t find environment jobs! Because they don’t exist! The industry hasn’t developed yet and if you ask all sorts of businesses, there exists no such positions within their business for these matters! In other words, it is a pointless degree.

    I’ve made this mistake once (with my degree-design) and I’m determined not to do it again (with a Masters/Career change). That’s why I know I have to chose a Masters that is practical with realistic jobs at the end of it! So far I’m thinking business style degrees, as these have real-world jobs at the end of it. But I need to do more research to make sure.

    Your thoughts and views?

    I'm in the same position. I guess at this moment in time, doing a masters which almost guarantees placement in a company is the way to go.

    I don't know what your area is, but from people who I know who have done a masters, look at areas that are growing industries (e.g. water management, nuclear), that have the backing from the government (anything to do with trade), and that have departments and faculty members who are very closely with the industry. Everything for the next 20 years in Britain and worldwide, will be focussed on the word 'enterprise.'

    I don't consider my degree as useless as it has enabled me to do things since I graduated that I couldn't have done without one. But I now want to focus and excel in an area/line of work that has proper progression and interest. There's too many jobs (especially in Manchester) that are dead-end admin. Fine if you like that sort of thing, but unless your manager really, really likes you and promotion to big things is on the cards, then I can only see a pro directional masters as the best starting point.

    Whatever you do, choose something that you will enjoy learning, but also is focussed and not generalised (like a MSc in Finance - instead choose MSc in Trade and Financial Management) Only examples.

    Good Luck.
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