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    In the last few weeks I am really doubting myself whether I should continue with computer science

    I am in my 1st year of CS, and doubt whether it is for me, I don't really enjoy it, but chose it because I was not sure what else to study (already tried Chem.Eng, and struggled) but now feel like choosing an easy, or what some of you may call a "mickey mouse degree", as I feel like my abilities have been washed down, due to stress and anxiety.

    To address, specifically what my issue is, I just dislike sitting on a computer for hours and learning computing and programming. I just don't know if I will enjoy anything else either, as my dislike for studying has become generalised, in that I have lost the plot and ambition for studies etc.


    TL,DR : On a Computer Science degree, not enjoying it, don't know what else to study, feel alone at uni, no friends, (this is my second attempt at going into uni), A-level wise I was a decent student, suffer from generalised anxiety (undiagnosed).
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    (Original post by Jav.21)
    In the last few weeks I am really doubting myself whether I should continue with computer science

    I am in my 1st year of CS, and doubt whether it is for me, I don't really enjoy it, but chose it because I was not sure what else to study (already tried Chem.Eng, and struggled) but now feel like choosing an easy, or what some of you may call a "mickey mouse degree", as I feel like my abilities have been washed down, due to stress and anxiety.

    To address, specifically what my issue is, I just dislike sitting on a computer for hours and learning computing and programming. I just don't know if I will enjoy anything else either, as my dislike for studying has become generalised, in that I have lost the plot and ambition for studies etc.


    TL,DR : On a Computer Science degree, not enjoying it, don't know what else to study, feel alone at uni, no friends, (this is my second attempt at going into uni), A-level wise I was a decent student, suffer from generalised anxiety (undiagnosed).
    Sorry uni life (and the courses) aren't working out for you. It's a good decision to pause and rethink... perhaps a chat with your uni support people would be a good idea, and then maybe consider a Higher Apprenticeship in a field you might enjoy more.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    Sorry uni life (and the courses) aren't working out for you. It's a good decision to pause and rethink... perhaps a chat with your uni support people would be a good idea, and then maybe consider a Higher Apprenticeship in a field you might enjoy more.

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    The issue is, I do have an academic mind (without sounding arrogant) - I have usually been into academia, but have had some bad experiences, which have caused me anxiety. I wouldn't think of apprenticeships, although for some it may be a good route. I am thinking of how to get back on track.
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    (Original post by Jav.21)
    The issue is, I do have an academic mind (without sounding arrogant) - I have usually been into academia, but have had some bad experiences, which have caused me anxiety. I wouldn't think of apprenticeships, although for some it may be a good route. I am thinking of how to get back on track.
    In that case you definitely need to speak to your personal tutor, and uni support (and perhaps your GP).

    But re the Higher Apprenticeship - some placements may lead to a company sponsored degree. It's worth you doing a bit more research on the opportunity they present.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    In that case you definitely need to speak to your personal tutor, and uni support (and perhaps your GP).

    But re the Higher Apprenticeship - some placements may lead to a company sponsored degree. It's worth you doing a bit more research on the opportunity they present.
    I am taking your helpful advice on board. I am not sure about apprenticeships and dont want to be left out whilst everyone else is at university.And do you have a contact email I can ask some extra questions, thanks jneill.
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    (Original post by Jav.21)
    I am taking your helpful advice on board. I am not sure about apprenticeships and dont want to be left out whilst everyone else is at university.And do you have a contact email I can ask some extra questions, thanks jneill.
    You won't be left out - if anything you'll be ahead - because work experience is just as (if not more) important than your degree. AND you'll be earning money not acruing debt

    PM me if you like
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    Hello, I am sorry you are not enjoying your qualification. I am not sure if I may help but I have just completed a degree with a company called CGI as they offer IT degree's and take a lot of CS students. They sponsored my entire degree and I believe they now do this for higher apprenticeships as well so it may be worth a look at their website to give you another option?
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    (Original post by Jav.21)
    In the last few weeks I am really doubting myself whether I should continue with computer science

    I am in my 1st year of CS, and doubt whether it is for me, I don't really enjoy it, but chose it because I was not sure what else to study (already tried Chem.Eng, and struggled) but now feel like choosing an easy, or what some of you may call a "mickey mouse degree", as I feel like my abilities have been washed down, due to stress and anxiety.

    To address, specifically what my issue is, I just dislike sitting on a computer for hours and learning computing and programming. I just don't know if I will enjoy anything else either, as my dislike for studying has become generalised, in that I have lost the plot and ambition for studies etc.


    TL,DR : On a Computer Science degree, not enjoying it, don't know what else to study, feel alone at uni, no friends, (this is my second attempt at going into uni), A-level wise I was a decent student, suffer from generalised anxiety (undiagnosed).
    Your mistake: going to uni without an idea what you wanted to do after uni.
    The solution: sit down right now and make a list of things you like to do and a list of things you are good at. Then make a list of careers that fit each of the two lists. Then make a small list of those items that in the 3 lists. Then choose one or more items from the small that has the highest employability.

    You are welcome.
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    (Original post by RebeccaMay1)
    Hello, I am sorry you are not enjoying your qualification. I am not sure if I may help but I have just completed a degree with a company called CGI as they offer IT degree's and take a lot of CS students. They sponsored my entire degree and I believe they now do this for higher apprenticeships as well so it may be worth a look at their website to give you another option?
    So they do: http://www.cgi-group.co.uk/careers/s...rs/apprentices

    Looks good.

    Can I ask what the terms of the sponsorship are? e.g. do you have to stay with the company for a set time after completing your degree?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    So they do: http://www.cgi-group.co.uk/careers/s...rs/apprentices

    Looks good.

    Can I ask what the terms of the sponsorship are? e.g. do you have to stay with the company for a set time after completing your degree?
    Hiya, yes you do have to stay with them for 2 years I think it is after you graduate (so I am now technically in my 4th year), but to be honest I do understand that as they have invested huge amounts of money in our fees. The way I see it is that it is a guaranteed job which is more than a lot of grads out of university are getting. Hope I could help.
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    (Original post by RebeccaMay1)
    Hiya, yes you do have to stay with them for 2 years I think it is after you graduate (so I am now technically in my 4th year), but to be honest I do understand that as they have invested huge amounts of money in our fees. The way I see it is that it is a guaranteed job which is more than a lot of grads out of university are getting. Hope I could help.
    Yes that is what I'd expect. By the way, I'm not the OP, I'm just interested in the idea of sponsored degrees and/or higher apprenticeships. I think they are an excellent idea and more students should take the opportunity they offer.

    Good luck in your future career
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Yes that is what I'd expect. By the way, I'm not the OP, I'm just interested in the idea of sponsored degrees and/or higher apprenticeships. I think they are an excellent idea and more students should take the opportunity they offer.

    Good luck in your future career
    Yes I think they are great and it definitely has been the best decision I have made. That is why I thought I would start writing on here and giving people advice and also my experience and hopefully I can help some people.

    All the best
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    Thank you for that information you have provided Rebecca.
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    Comp Sci is most certainly not a mickey mouse degree subject.

    To put it into perspective, my last hire responded to a job spec requiring a comp sci degree or related looking for at least 2 years experience. Does earning £33k per year at 25 years old sound bad?

    Added to that you are only in year 1. You haven't really touched the iceberg of what else there is too. Don't get me wrong, it can get to be a dry old subject, especially as you're going to be at it for three years.

    I would seriously consider sticking it out. Find inspiration in other avenues. Either with friends, find a few hobbies to take up some spare time and make you schedule your time a bit better. In university, I had an even split between university work, going to the gym, playing guitar with my friends and of course the ladies. Having some good distractions takes your mind off having to study wave theory or dry old maths.
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    (Original post by Jav.21)
    In the last few weeks I am really doubting myself whether I should continue with computer science

    I am in my 1st year of CS, and doubt whether it is for me, I don't really enjoy it, but chose it because I was not sure what else to study (already tried Chem.Eng, and struggled) but now feel like choosing an easy, or what some of you may call a "mickey mouse degree", as I feel like my abilities have been washed down, due to stress and anxiety.

    To address, specifically what my issue is, I just dislike sitting on a computer for hours and learning computing and programming. I just don't know if I will enjoy anything else either, as my dislike for studying has become generalised, in that I have lost the plot and ambition for studies etc.


    TL,DR : On a Computer Science degree, not enjoying it, don't know what else to study, feel alone at uni, no friends, (this is my second attempt at going into uni), A-level wise I was a decent student, suffer from generalised anxiety (undiagnosed).
    If you are good at maths (or even if otherwise) you can look at network/graph theory. For instance, Perfect Graphs (aka Perfect Networks).

    They have really nice properties, I bit like in Boolean Algebra, so there's a lot of "duality" or yin/yang going on. They also have algorithmic properties that are nice. E.G. a perfect graph may be summarised as one where the stupid person who colours the graph, uses the same number of colours as the intelligent person, even if they make the worst possible choice.

    Now that's probably not in most (undergrad) degree courses (especially if they are less theoretical) but it's an example of "graph theory" in case that it is interesting to you.
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    Well all you can do is ask yourself "do I want to work in the programming industry" if the answer is no then dropout ASAP.. you're essentially at uni in order to get a job in a specific specialised field, so your not only wasting your time, you're wasting your unis time and government money.. I'm talking from experience btw, I'm now in my mid 20s starting again.

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    You can make a lot of friends studying at any University.
    If your issue is with the course then I suggest you drop out and find another degree because the work load during your second and third years will only increase significantly.

    If your issue is with the students studying the course then you can join a society, i.e. Gaming Soc, Sports...
    You can make a lot of friends there, you can also start asking people for help with your work then slowly start to become close 'study buddies' if that makes sense?

    Best of luck
 
 
 
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