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    ive applied for a course at uni but ive no idea what i want to be when im older
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    Most people don't know that when they apply to uni.....just do something you are interested in and good at, the rest will come later....
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    yeh, your options aren't really closed, unless you wanted to be a doctor or something. Like say you wanted to go into law later and haven't done a law degree you can do this one year (extremely short and intensive) course etc. I think about 40% jobs don't ask for a specific subject in the degree, just that they want to know you've been to uni, had the experience etc. Just go with the flow....
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    Maybe if you tell us what you've applied for, we can tell you what sorts of careers are open to you besides the obvious ones.
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    (Original post by horrorboy)
    ive applied for a course at uni but ive no idea what i want to be when im older
    im in the same position as you!! as im sure many others are too. il just go to uni and then take it from there i guess!!
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    I have no idea what I want to do! Actually, that's not true. I have lots of ideas, too many. In the last year I've considered careers from policing to journalism, and millions of others inbetween. I'm hoping an ENglish degree will keep my opions open though
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    I have no idea what I want to do! Actually, that's not true. I have lots of ideas, too many. In the last year I've considered careers from policing to journalism, and millions of others inbetween. I'm hoping an ENglish degree will keep my opions open though

    You don't have to go to university to become a policeman do you?
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    (Original post by young_free)
    You don't have to go to university to become a policeman do you?
    Don't think so. Thats crazy if you do
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    (Original post by young_free)
    You don't have to go to university to become a policeman do you?
    No you don't. I've gone off that idea anyway! As I said, I think I've probably considered every career going. I'm leaning towards journalism at the moment so an English degree should be good
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    If you are seriously considering journalism then you should consider a degree in journalism - a degree in English might be great fun but it will not particularly help you get into journalism. Remember - English used to be considered rather a "Mickey Mouse" degree as it consisted of reading lots of novels and poetry - which any worthwhile UG should be doing anyway regardless of subject!

    If you have an area of journalism in mind, e.g. politics/ financial, then a degree in these areas will give you the technical knowledge which will help you to comment intelligently on these subjects.

    If you are still vague about what you eventually want to do (and even those who do vocational degrees such as engineering often end up in other professions) then English or History or another social sciences/arts degree is a good general basis but do try to get a 1st as the world is awash with 2;1/2:2 arts graduates.

    Another course of action might be to choose a Scottish university which allows you to study several different subjects in first and second year before specialising for 3rd and 4th year. Many students apply intending to study one subject e.g. Geography and graduate in another such as Modern History.

    Good Luck
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    (Original post by DenverDiva)
    If you are seriously considering journalism then you should consider a degree in journalism - a degree in English might be great fun but it will not particularly help you get into journalism. Remember - English used to be considered rather a "Mickey Mouse" degree as it consisted of reading lots of novels and poetry - which any worthwhile UG should be doing anyway regardless of subject!

    If you have an area of journalism in mind, e.g. politics/ financial, then a degree in these areas will give you the technical knowledge which will help you to comment intelligently on these subjects.

    If you are still vague about what you eventually want to do (and even those who do vocational degrees such as engineering often end up in other professions) then English or History or another social sciences/arts degree is a good general basis but do try to get a 1st as the world is awash with 2;1/2:2 arts graduates.

    Another course of action might be to choose a Scottish university which allows you to study several different subjects in first and second year before specialising for 3rd and 4th year. Many students apply intending to study one subject e.g. Geography and graduate in another such as Modern History.

    Good Luck
    A non-journalism degree is probably better than Journalism - it isn't a very respected course at the moment.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    A non-journalism degree is probably better than Journalism - it isn't a very respected course at the moment.
    Yeah that's what I thought. And there seems to be a lack of 'good' universities offering it
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    A non-journalism degree is probably better than Journalism - it isn't a very respected course at the moment.
    agreed! look at anjool, whos doing geog degree atm, and now hes a budding journalist!
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    I can't imagine why an English degree might have been classed as a 'mickey mouse' degree or even still be viewed as such today. I thought English has always been highly-regarded as a rigorous, analytical, and academic degree & that English graduates are sought after in a wide range of career areas hence once of the reason why I'm studying it this Sept :confused:
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    I always thought English would be a good degree to do for a budding Journalist.
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    I can't imagine why an English degree might have been classed as a 'mickey mouse' degree or even still be viewed as such today. I thought English has always been highly-regarded as a rigorous, analytical, and academic degree & that English graduates are sought after in a wide range of career areas hence once of the reason why I'm studying it this Sept :confused:
    It was seen as "Micky Mouse" when it was first introduced, decades ago, but so was PPE.

    Media may be respected in 80 years time, but I wouldn't risk three years on it.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    It was seen as "Micky Mouse" when it was first introduced, decades ago, but so was PPE.

    Media may be respected in 80 years time, but I wouldn't risk three years on it.
    Unless they make the course harder and more complex, I very much doubt it.
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    I can't imagine why an English degree might have been classed as a 'mickey mouse' degree or even still be viewed as such today. I thought English has always been highly-regarded as a rigorous, analytical, and academic degree & that English graduates are sought after in a wide range of career areas hence once of the reason why I'm studying it this Sept :confused:
    Apprantly, it wasn't exactly highly regarded when it was first introduced. Things take time to become accepted I guess.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    It was seen as "Micky Mouse" when it was first introduced, decades ago, but so was PPE.
    Exactly, at one time anything other than Theology and Classics was considered rubbish. In Brideshead Revisited, Cousin Jasper says "You're reading history? A perfectly respectable school. The very worst is English literature and the next worst is Modern Greats." (Modern Greats = PPE)
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    Yeah I heard that French didn't used to be respected either because it wasn't latin
 
 
 
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