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With regards to degree (and subsequently career) choice, what would you recommend someone to do who has to broad a range of interests to narrow down? There's no particular difference between humanities and sciences either with regard to aptitude. What should I do?
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With regards to degree (and subsequently career) choice, what would you recommend someone to do who has to broad a range of interests to narrow down? There's no particular difference between humanities and sciences either with regard to aptitude. What should I do?
Wait until you do know what you want to do. Don't waste your entitlement to student finance on something you aren't passionate about.
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Perhaps write down a list of careers you'd be interested in and arrange some work experience to see what they're really like, it may help you choose.

Could you do the IB so you don't have to narrow down your subjects if you really don't know which route to take?
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  • pin closed university prospectus to dartboard
  • throw dart
  • the last page to have a hole in it is the course you will do
  • bonus points for reaching zoology

Seriously though, you shouldn't pick a course until you do know. Take a few years to try things out if need be. You might find out that careers in some of the things you've studied really aren't how you thought they would be.
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Wait until you do know what you want to do. Don't waste your entitlement to student finance on something you aren't passionate about.
What if you never manage to find anything you're passionate about? Could that mean that you're probably not cut out for uni then?
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What if you never manage to find anything you're passionate about? Does that mean that you're probably not cut out for uni then?
Not at all. But right at the start, when there's every possibility that you simply haven't found your direction yet, it's foolish to squander your chances. Later on, if nothing has taken your fancy and still you want the university experience, by all means have a shot at something you are mildly interested in, but don't be surprised if you don't do well in it.
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Not at all. But right at the start, when there's every possibility that you simply haven't found your direction yet, it's foolish to squander your chances. Later on, if nothing has taken your fancy and still you want the university experience, by all means have a shot at something you are mildly interested in, but don't be surprised if you don't do well in it.
OK, sound advice. I only ask because I'm 22 and haven't got a degree, because I couldn't choose one when I was younger and still can't seem to choose one now :o:. Although, I've seen some jobs ask for a degree but no specific subject, which is one thing that makes me wonder if the monetary gamble might just be worth it :holmes:

Addressing the OP; I've heard of a degree called Interdisciplinary Studies, which is supposed to be where you can pick and choose lots of different topics and subject areas to study within the one qualification. Perhaps that's something you could look into?
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It's probably a bit late to think about applying to study in the US next year but it's a good option for the next cycle.

On the other hand, Liberal Arts and Sciences and B'ham, Arts and Sciences at UCL, Natural sciences at Durham, Flexible Combined honours at Exeter all give you a load of freedom.
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What stage of education are you at? If you're doing GCSEs, unfortunately the difference in both your ability to do and interest in subjects may only become apparent once you study it at a higher level. Yet to make these discoveries (at least in the A level system) you'd most likely have to pick your area of specialisation before you can know this. I'd echo what someone above me said, which is to find a school that does the IB if possible. This still does allow for a certain amount of specialisation, but it would suit your broad interests and abilities better.

But perhaps I'm saying that partly because I wish I'd done that, as although I picked sciences + economics I could've equally chosen English Lit, German & French with econ so now I tend to wonder how differently things could've gone if I'd not denied my equal interest in humanities. Beware my possible bias.

If you're doing a mix of A levels and are still unsure then read further into them, I suppose, to see which one(s) genuinely spark your interest the most. Or go for a Scottish degree which is liberal arts style and would allow you to take a mix of 1st year courses before deciding on your degree. Then there's always the newer Combined Hours/Liberal Arts/BASc/etc degrees offered by English unis.
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OK, sound advice. I only ask because I'm 22 and haven't got a degree, because I couldn't choose one when I was younger and still can't seem to choose one now :o:. Although, I've seen some jobs ask for a degree but no specific subject, which is one thing that makes me wonder if the monetary gamble might just be worth it :holmes:
22 is still very young. (I was 22 a long, long time ago and have a son of 22 also.) You have a long way to go yet before you can assume you're never going to find an interest in life. With my careers teacher hat on, I will say that 60% of graduate careers are not dependent on any specific discipline, so subject isn't important. (A lot of the remaining 40% are vocational careers like medicine etc where you'd probably know already if you wanted to be in it.) What is important is that you are interested enough in the subject to spend 3 years of your life and a substantial amount of money doing it. Bearing in mind that you only get one false start with student finance, it makes complete sense to be very sure what you want to spend it on before you do it. For an idea of how age doesn't matter when it comes to going to university, have a look in the mature students' forum. Age doesn't matter. Enthusiasm does. If you don't care about the subject, you won't do well enough to make it worth the time and effort.
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22 is still very young. (I was 22 a long, long time ago and have a son of 22 also.) You have a long way to go yet before you can assume you're never going to find an interest in life. With my careers teacher hat on, I will say that 60% of graduate careers are not dependent on any specific discipline, so subject isn't important. (A lot of the remaining 40% are vocational careers like medicine etc where you'd probably know already if you wanted to be in it.) What is important is that you are interested enough in the subject to spend 3 years of your life and a substantial amount of money doing it. Bearing in mind that you only get one false start with student finance, it makes complete sense to be very sure what you want to spend it on before you do it. For an idea of how age doesn't matter when it comes to going to university, have a look in the mature students' forum. Age doesn't matter. Enthusiasm does. If you don't care about the subject, you won't do well enough to make it worth the time and effort.
Age is just a number, baby :sexface:
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Age is just a number, baby :sexface:
A very LARGE number in my case.
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A very LARGE number in my case.
the bigger the better - no? :sexface:
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the bigger the better - no? :sexface:
I think that's a male perspective.
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I think that's a male perspective.
But it's you I'm interested in. What's your perspective? :sexface:
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But it's you I'm interested in. What's your perspective? :sexface:
That I'm old enough to be your grandmother.
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That I'm old enough to be your grandmother.
What does it matter but that you are a little
More tired, more embattled
More in need of the peace
Of more simple untangled arms
More appreciative of relating in ways
Less complicated with wisdom
Age means little in friendship & love
In living each day fully as ours
Such artificial boundaries insignificant
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What does it matter but that you are a little
More tired, more embattled
More in need of the peace
Of more simple untangled arms
More appreciative of relating in ways
Less complicated with wisdom
Age means little in friendship & love
In living each day fully as ours
Such artificial boundaries insignificant
Goodness me. How very sweet. I am touched.
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What stage of education are you at? If you're doing GCSEs, unfortunately the difference in both your ability to do and interest in subjects may only become apparent once you study it at a higher level. Yet to make these discoveries (at least in the A level system) you'd most likely have to pick your area of specialisation before you can know this. I'd echo what someone above me said, which is to find a school that does the IB if possible. This still does allow for a certain amount of specialisation, but it would suit your broad interests and abilities better.

But perhaps I'm saying that partly because I wish I'd done that, as although I picked sciences + economics I could've equally chosen English Lit, German & French with econ so now I tend to wonder how differently things could've gone if I'd not denied my equal interest in humanities. Beware my possible bias.

If you're doing a mix of A levels and are still unsure then read further into them, I suppose, to see which one(s) genuinely spark your interest the most. Or go for a Scottish degree which is liberal arts style and would allow you to take a mix of 1st year courses before deciding on your degree. Then there's always the newer Combined Hours/Liberal Arts/BASc/etc degrees offered by English unis.

I'm in year 12, trying to decide if I've taken the right subjects.
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I'm in year 12, trying to decide if I've taken the right subjects.
Sorry to interrupt the wooing going on above me (), but which subjects are you taking?
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