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    I hope this is the right place to post this.

    So I'm in Year 11 and I want to decide on which subject to study at university (mainly so that I can immerse myself in that subject and acquire relevant experience). I want to get into a top university (possibly Oxbridge). I previously wanted to study maths, but now I'm not so sure - I'm torn between maths and linguistics. Maths interests me, and I'm good at it - but there's also a lot of others who are likely just as good as I am, if not better. I find linguistics very interesting, and I'm very good at it - but it doesn't seem to lead to any good jobs that I can see myself doing. Any ideas on how to decide or what I can do to help me make the decision whether or not to study maths?Any help will be much appreciated
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    (Original post by archipelaglobule)
    I hope this is the right place to post this.

    So I'm in Year 11 and I want to decide on which subject to study at university (mainly so that I can immerse myself in that subject and acquire relevant experience). I want to get into a top university (possibly Oxbridge). I previously wanted to study maths, but now I'm not so sure - I'm torn between maths and linguistics. Maths interests me, and I'm good at it - but there's also a lot of others who are likely just as good as I am, if not better. I find linguistics very interesting, and I'm very good at it - but it doesn't seem to lead to any good jobs that I can see myself doing. Any ideas on how to decide or what I can do to help me make the decision whether or not to study maths?Any help will be much appreciated

    Why not combine them?
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    Maths. It is a STEM degree and you'll find employment quickly and/or will be able to do postgraduate masters in other STEM disciplines such as Computer Science.

    Linguistics can remain as your passion or a hobby.
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    Yeah; why don't you combine them and do computational linguistics? I'll be studying Linguistics and French studies from October @ Oxford - so let me know if u have any questions and believe me there's a lot statistics involved when it comes to linguistics.

    Linguistics is like the best subject ever aha! But I'd definitely say don't do it if you're simply good at it - you really need to love it or you'll absolutely hate studying it at Uni. My friend hated it that during her year abroad she decided to drop out.
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    Computational linguistics sounds like it might be a good idea - I'll look into it further.


    (But yeah, linguistics is the best)
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    (Original post by InvestmentBankin)
    Maths. It is a STEM degree and you'll find employment quickly and/or will be able to do postgraduate masters in other STEM disciplines such as Computer Science.

    Linguistics can remain as your passion or a hobby.
    Linguistics is also a STEM subject at post-grad level hence its a BSc. You will find yourself doing primarily Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics/Lang Acquisition.
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    (Original post by patricio_miguel)
    Linguistics is also a STEM subject at post-grad level hence its a BSc. You will find yourself doing primarily Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics/Lang Acquisition.
    Yes, but at the same time you've mentioned how you don't see yourself doing anything in terms of career with your Linguistics degree. So Maths it is then.

    I mean the OP - you are not the OP sorry : )
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    I say both subjects are as good when it comes to career choice because you don't have to do a specific job if it so happens that you change your mind and won't be willing to become a Maths teacher, for instance. Linguistics - scientific study of English and Maths is maths! Neither of them is like doing a degree in Barbie doll making that would force you to do that particular job.
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    (Original post by patricio_miguel)
    Linguistics is also a STEM subject at post-grad level hence its a BSc. You will find yourself doing primarily Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics/Lang Acquisition.
    So do you think that there's a possibility greater employment opportunities if I study linguistics at post-grad level? A few minutes' research about jobs following on from a normal graduate linguistics degree turned up things like teaching English as a foreign language and speech therapy, which I can't really see myself doing and don't seem to involve aspects of linguistics that interest me in the first place.
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    Some people have said it already but just to reiterate: computational linguistics! It's all the interesting bits of math, linguistics, and computing thrown together. Lots of interesting subfields like machine translation, semantic analysis, etc etc, and there's a big demand for jobs at the moment. I'm in Y12 and planning on studying CL so if you have any questions give me a shout
 
 
 
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