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?
What Career/Masters degree should i choose? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 17-03-2011 10:11
(Original post by NeedRealHelp)
- 17-03-2011 11:38
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!
Ever heard of an environmental consultant, environmental manager, recycling officer, sustainability officer, energy management officer, environmental planner, environmental auditor, countryside manager, nature conservation officer...
"Design" is quite broad - can you tell me exactly what your degree is?
- Thread Starter
- 17-03-2011 22:35
please, those jobs are fantsay ones. They are very rare jobs (i know, i've been job searching for 8 months) and it actually offends me to know you are persuading people to do a degree based on giving them these links as they are so inaccurate. Look at them, they are on £30,000 to £40,000, no graduate is going to get that job. That is for someone with more than a decade of working experience and like i said the industry has NOT developed. Look in the newspaper, go searching through job sites, you won't find these jobs and if you do, they are incredibly rare and are more likely for use by people with project management experience or something. The jobs you regularley come across are what i would define as real-world jobs and these such as enviroment, design and managemnt degrees are usless. a Degree in management? you won't enter the world of work at management level!
- 18-03-2011 01:07
A Masters will be an immense waste of time and money if you go into it on a whim based on what someone on here has advised you to do. You should probably get some on-the-job experience before you apply just to make sure it's what you want.
I mean, you say you're interested in "business style degrees", claiming they have better job prospects at the end of it. Really? Why does a business degree make you so much more employable? Does the Masters guarantee you a job? Why didn't you do business in the first place? You'd be going into it as a second choice after your main passion didn't come to anything, and it seems like the ONLY reason you'd be doing it is because of better job prospects, rather than being what you thoroughly enjoy doing. Can you even apply for business Masters with a degree in Design? Would you have studied business at a high enough level to be able to cope with the demands of a Masters degree?
I think you should make the career change first and get some proper experience before jumping for a Masters. As I said, you could end up wasting a lot of time and money. Seems like you didn't bother to do your own research for your undergraduate degree and you're facing making the same mistake here if you aren't careful.Last edited by FXX; 18-03-2011 at 01:10.