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    So I have just done a year of Ecology at UEA, and done a week of experience with an ecology consultancy company, and have come to the conclusion that I absolutely definitely do not want to become an ecologist. I don't want to continue with the degree, I don't want to go on the field trip. I am thinking of changing degree to Climate Change (I think this should be possible as the first years of the two courses overlap a fair bit). The problem is I am wondering is it stupid to do this as I will be behind even if they do overlap and Climate Change is a subject that would be very hard to get a job in, and I would probably not but would just do the degree anyway. Dropping out is not an option for me. Thanks!
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    Seeing as climate change is inevitable and every world leader except Donald Trump is devoting more and more resources every year to research in this area...I would hardly say it's a subject with poor job prospects.

    As far as being behind, in some aspects you may not have as broad a knowledgebase as your peers in the cohort, however you would also have alternate knowledge in ecological topics - which closely ties in as climate change has many wide ranging ecological effects. It wouldn't really make a difference for the modules you took with those others, but you may find your choice of optional modules slightly more limited if you hadn't taken necessary prerequisite modules.

    Also both courses have modules available in the natural sciences programme, so there are going to be at least a few Nat Sci students with "mixed" backgrounds like yours anyway.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Seeing as climate change is inevitable and every world leader except Donald Trump is devoting more and more resources every year to research in this area...I would hardly say it's a subject with poor job prospects.

    As far as being behind, in some aspects you may not have as broad a knowledgebase as your peers in the cohort, however you would also have alternate knowledge in ecological topics - which closely ties in as climate change has many wide ranging ecological effects. It wouldn't really make a difference for the modules you took with those others, but you may find your choice of optional modules slightly more limited if you hadn't taken necessary prerequisite modules.

    Also both courses have modules available in the natural sciences programme, so there are going to be at least a few Nat Sci students with "mixed" backgrounds like yours anyway.
    You're right I guess that it is a growing sector! Thank you!
 
 
 
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