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    Hi all,

    I'm a university fresher (chemistry) at a top London uni but I don't think I'll be able to stick it out - the hours are intense, the content is not what I was expecting, I hate labs, haven't really made any close friends and im struggling being so far away from home - pretty much the only reason I haven't dropped out yet is that I'm not really sure what my career prospects would look like. I've always planned to go into academia or research however I've now had a total change of heart and would prefer industry, r&d, etc

    The thing is... I basically sold my soul for my a levels, quite enjoy studying, etc. The only real options are apprenticeships and stuff that I'm aware of, but I've had really high career hopes and I don't really know what to think now... I'm not sure if there are any good opportunities available, or where to look..

    Can anyone point me in the direction of schemes or pathways into good careers that don't require degrees? Bonus points if they are Manchester based...

    Any help/guidance appreciated. Thanks very much
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    Hi all,

    I'm a university fresher (chemistry) at a top London uni but I don't think I'll be able to stick it out - the hours are intense, the content is not what I was expecting, I hate labs, haven't really made any close friends and im struggling being so far away from home - pretty much the only reason I haven't dropped out yet is that I'm not really sure what my career prospects would look like. I've always planned to go into academia or research however I've now had a total change of heart and would prefer industry, r&d, etc

    The thing is... I basically sold my soul for my a levels, quite enjoy studying, etc. The only real options are apprenticeships and stuff that I'm aware of, but I've had really high career hopes and I don't really know what to think now... I'm not sure if there are any good opportunities available, or where to look..

    Can anyone point me in the direction of schemes or pathways into good careers that don't require degrees? Bonus points if they are Manchester based...

    Any help/guidance appreciated. Thanks very much
    Can't you reapply to other unis? or are you sure that you would like to quit uni completely?
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    Have you completed the first year (I think completing the first year renders you over qualified for apprenticeships, that's what I was told) so if you haven't, get out of there as fast as possible and start applying. There are loads of great opportunities, for starters you could go to the .gov.uk website for vacancies and filter according to type (make sure you choose higher or degree since you want to progress, not take to 2 steps back). Good luck.
 
 
 
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