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    I want a career in the museum and gallery industry, which I have heard can be a very competitive, but not particularly high paying career. As far as I can tell, my only chance to get a decent job in the sector is by getting an Undergrad degree in something like Art History, then maybe a masters in Museum Studies etc.

    However, I am currently doing my A Levels, and there is a high chance that I will not get the grades I need to attend a decent university for Art History, such as Exeter, and therefore may not be able to get into the sector because of the competition, apart from volunteering jobs which don't pay.

    This is the career I know I will enjoy the most, but I can't see any other way to get into the industry? I could probably get into a lower university such as Plymouth, but my chances of getting a decent job after seem to be so low that the massive student debts aren't worth it!

    What can I do?

    It's a career which depends more on experience and connections than on qualifications, and it's also majorly competitive because there are so few jobs. Do something you enjoy whilst keeping your options open AND get as much work experience as you can and network.

    Edit: You don't have to go to uni for most jobs (excluding medically related work and such) so don't rush into it. As you've recognized - it's not worth the debt (or time and effort). It would be very sensible to take a year or two after A-levels to work - get as much experience as possible. If after then you decide that you want or need to attend university - then go for it. You seem like you have a good head on your shoulders from the way you've considered this - take the same approach in future if you take time to work and then re-consider uni.

    Ps. I say all this as a graduate who is returning for a second degree because I went straight to uni after college and did a degree that turned out to be the wrong one for the type of career I want. It's good that you're not jumping into it.
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