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    (Original post by talon1579)
    I do History at Durham, its one of the best universities in the country for the subject. Just put it as History and Education on your Cv and you'll be fine. Which college are you at, out of interest?
    Well that would be lying, as soon as an employer gets a reference they'll see and question your integrity.
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    There isn't half some narrow minded tosh being spouted on here.
    Firstly you will have a degree from Durham. One of the best universities in the country.
    The discipline is largely irrelevant.
    IMost graduate training schemes across industry will accept graduates of any discipline.
    Many professions will let you take further training with any degree discipline eg Law.

    In the end a degree, the piece of paper, is not worth anything. The experiences and skills you have developed whilst studying are what matter. You should use the employment services offered at Durham to ensure you know how to write a relevant CV, that you have got relevant work experience in the holidays in the area you want to enter and that you attend careers fairs.
    Good luck. The world really is your oyster.
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    It sure is. I think you need to find out what you want to do with it.
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    you should be asking yourself, was it worth the student debt?
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    (Original post by Foxfight04)
    Please give it to me straight, in these troubled times, will I be unemployable in areas other than teaching?

    I study Education studies and History at Durham University.

    I need brutal honesty.

    Thanks.
    Education studies is very employable - it's the philosophical and sociological/political study of education so you can go for any job that wants a social science degree.

    I do education modules and have an internship with a consultancy company so you can apply for whatever general graduate jobs you want - accountancy, publishing, advertising, civil service, etc.

    If you are thinking of civil service/local government/etc then your degree would be really relevant.
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    personally i don't think degrees themselves are worth anything. you've got to put effort in - it's all very well having a first in a subject but if you can't show an employer that you are the right person for the job, e.g. with experience, then you're not going to get one. the degree alone won't get you a job.
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    (Original post by yoyo462001)
    Well that would be lying, as soon as an employer gets a reference they'll see and question your integrity.
    It's not lying, it's 50:50 of each subject so you can say it in whatever order you want.
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    Also, Cambridge do the same degree so it's not like it's a degree that's unique to Durham.
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    (Original post by Foxfight04)
    Yeah what I tend to hear is what matters is how well you tailor is to careers. I plan on doing a masters in history though, that will probably assert my passion for history.
    What do you want to review? You don't need a masters in history (and an extra £12000 of high-interest bank debt!!!) to get a job. Have you written reviews for Palatinate or anything? That's what will get you a job - your degree subject will be pretty irrelevant to employers (obviously shows you can write which is good), but as long as you've studied academic subjects (which you have, as education studies isn't at all vocational), your degree just allows you to apply for jobs. After that, it's all about your experience and teamwork/leadership/etc skills.
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    It's not lying, it's 50:50 of each subject so you can say it in whatever order you want.
    History and Education studies =/= History and Education. That is quite obviously lying, you can't omit and scrabble words in your degree because by doing so you are trying to gain an advantage. And it is not always 50:50 of each subject.
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    My sister did Sociology & Criminology; a 'worthless' degree. She's just been offered a place at London College of Law.
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    It doesn't matter what you think it should be called, most employers of any worth will want to see your transcript and degree certificate. They clearly show the degree title. If you get that bit wrong they won't want to know you.
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    You are never going to have the skills to carry out the job of a brain surgeon or that of an aircraft designer.. or basically ever undertake a highly technical (hence highly payed) job with a history degree, it's ****ing obvious.
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    Durham is prestigious and thats half the battle, history is a pretty flexible degree as well, it's favoured for a lot of jobs.

    Don't be pessimistic until you study Applied Social Science (which on paper sounds like an amazing course for the multi-discipline approach it takes) until you realise half way through 2nd year the BPS change their post-grad requirments and you end up with no Psychology exit route. I'm dreading graduating just for the sheer vagueness of employment opportunities.
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    (Original post by Foxfight04)
    Please give it to me straight, in these troubled times, will I be unemployable in areas other than teaching?

    I study Education studies and History at Durham University.

    I need brutal honesty.

    Thanks.
    Oh dear
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    It's worth as much as you make it.
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    (Original post by Foxfight04)
    Please give it to me straight, in these troubled times, will I be unemployable in areas other than teaching?

    I study Education studies and History at Durham University.

    I need brutal honesty.

    Thanks.
    It's worth a lot, but not easy to quanitfy in money/career terms at the moment.
    Durham is one of the top UK uni's and according to unistats, quite a high proportion of History graduates have been finding graduate jobs.
    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/retrieveColleges_en.do
    I think the situation for the education part is difficult at the moment because there is an over-supply of teachers. I have posted about this on another thread, attracting a lot of hostility because I showed some newspaper articles stating the obvious fact that lots of teachers are being made redundant and thousands of newly qualified teachers haven't found jobs. I'm not sure if you want to go into teaching but the situation could change in years to come if lots of teachers retire earlier with reduced pensions, for a variety of reasons.Also, admin and management jobs in education are being cut too.
    I would guess that when you apply for jobs you'll be near the top of the list as far as employers are concerned because of your uni's reputation but it will depend on what you apply for and whether you have got some relevant experience before applying, for example by doing voluntary/paid part time work in the area.
    Good luck.
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    (Original post by baby sexy)
    You are never going to have the skills to carry out the job of a brain surgeon or that of an aircraft designer.. or basically ever undertake a highly technical (hence highly payed) job with a history degree, it's ****ing obvious.
    It's also ****ing obvious that "payed" is actually "paid"...
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    (Original post by yoyo462001)
    History and Education studies =/= History and Education. That is quite obviously lying, you can't omit and scrabble words in your degree because by doing so you are trying to gain an advantage. And it is not always 50:50 of each subject.
    If it's 50:50 then yes it does - I know the Durham degree is 50:50 because I'm at Durham. Also it says so here www.dur.ac.uk/faculty.handbook

    Obviously if it wasn't 50:50 then that would be an issue, but it is. Most degrees just list the subjects in alphabetical order anyway - mine does even though the subject that's first alphabetically is the one I studied the least, so I would be fine writing my subjects in order of how much I studied them.
 
 
 
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