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Is a Media degree the best way into the industry?

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    Sorry this will probably be quite long...

    So I'm currently resitting my a levels (Chemistry and Maths) after getting CC when predicted A*A* due to some health problems. I also have an A in media as well and am about to send of my ucas but like for the past two years (im now 20) I've been struggling ALOT with what course to do.

    I think I know what I want to do with my life; I have a passion for filmmaking, directing and acting (after taking media to A2 by default when my school stopped offering physics at A2). But as an academic I know how small and difficult a field of work this is.
    Upon research I found only 20% of those with a Media degree actually get a job in any media industry from journalism to pr to film and a lot of people who "make it" don't actually have a degree in film or media but is that just because it's kind of a new degree as only recently is it becoming less frowned upon.
    However I feel like a general media degree wouldn't help me much and a few film production degrees get bad rep from ex students as they are quite rigid and 'easy'.

    I am tempted to get a degree in science, history, law or a joint honours so I have a good fall back degree and so I can go into a good paid graduate job to fund my filmmaking but is it stupid doing a degree in something irrelevant to my dream career.

    My other problem is when my friends talk about chemistry at their uni they send me to sleep. If I was to do any science degree I would want to do physics but would have to retake the new post 2015 spec exams and wouldn't be allowed to sit the practical qualifications that goes with it because my school doesn't offer it but I did get full marks in the 2013 spec practicals and so could the two go hand in hand /would unis let me into a joint honours degree with physics If i did this?

    Sorry for all the confusing questions just need someone's opinion of experience to push me in the right direction
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    Any help would be amazing anyone 🙏🙏
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    Don't let the stats push you off your passion, in the end I believe you're going to want to do something that you'd actually enjoy.

    I'm not sure where you got your stats, but from my research, it stated 78.7% get employed with a media degree. I believe to get into media industry, work experience is key.
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    (Original post by bhfn)
    Don't let the stats push you off your passion, in the end I believe you're going to want to do something that you'd actually enjoy.

    I'm not sure where you got your stats, but from my research, it stated 78.7% get employed with a media degree. I believe to get into media industry, work experience is key.
    Thank you I appreciate the reply. I mean I know I'll have the same passion for the job either way I'm just not sure whether to play it safe and what way is safe 😂.

    And it was a couple of articles i think one was the guardian and one the telegraph? one was from 2015 and one from 2013 i think, which Had a break down of stats. Whilst almost all graduates end up in the media field that also includes marketing and retail which could mean I assume just working in a shop?

    This was the closest article i could find without my laptop but the stats are pretty consistent with the ones ive seen for the last few years.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.t...oid-hms-tef-gb
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    (Original post by CaityHann)
    Thank you I appreciate the reply. I mean I know I'll have the same passion for the job either way I'm just not sure whether to play it safe and what way is safe 😂.

    And it was a couple of articles i think one was the guardian and one the telegraph? one was from 2015 and one from 2013 i think, which Had a break down of stats. Whilst almost all graduates end up in the media field that also includes marketing and retail which could mean I assume just working in a shop?

    This was the closest article i could find without my laptop but the stats are pretty consistent with the ones ive seen for the last few years.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.t...oid-hms-tef-gb
    The stats vary massively between courses
    eg https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subje...eturnTo/Search - scroll down to the last piece of data 75% of graduates are in artistic/creative occupations 6 months after graduating (with another 10% in design related jobs).
    Compared to https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subje...eturnTo/Search where only 30% are in artistic/creative jobs (and another 6% in media jobs).

    And that's for two degrees based in the same town.

    You can do a similar comparison with the Southampton universities.

    Solent is dismissed by a lot of applicants - https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subje...eturnTo/Search but they have 20% in artistic/creative and another 5% in design jobs) v Southampton https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subje...eturnTo/Search only 15% in artistic/creative jobs (and a HUGE proportion unemployed compared to Solent).

    If this is something you're interested in getting into then choosing the right course with the best industry contacts and practical content to allow you to build a good portfolio of experience is vital.
 
 
 
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