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    It's such a struggle and one that's been frustrating me since the idea of applying to university, I've always loved history and the subject but I the idea of studying politics & international relations interests me, yet I don't have much experience in the area at all.

    Pros of history
    - Passion for the subject is greater than PAIS.
    - I currently study it, my knowledge in it is a lot more extensive compared to PAIS, my understanding is pretty limited in that area, so much so I wasn't even sure how to start a personal statement for it.
    - I believe I'd do much better in the subject at university
    - Read a lot around the subject.

    Cons of history
    - Opens up less employment prospects than PAIS(?) Not entirely sure on this one but when I've looked at employment prospects for different degrees the ones from PAIS are much better than those listed with history.
    - Not as prestigious as PAIS(?) Again not sure, but when I tell people I'm planning on pursuing a degree in PAIS or history they always tell me to choose the former.

    Pros of PAIS
    - Encompasses history into the modules, something I'd really enjoy.
    - I like the modules the course offers, though not as much as history (however that's not to say I don't.)
    - Better employment prospects than History(?)

    Cons
    - Lack of understanding/knowledge
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    (Original post by Wikia)
    It's such a struggle and one that's been frustrating me since the idea of applying to university, I've always loved history and the subject but I the idea of studying politics & international relations interests me, yet I don't have much experience in the area at all.

    Pros of history
    - Passion for the subject is greater than PAIS.
    - I currently study it, my knowledge in it is a lot more extensive compared to PAIS, my understanding is pretty limited in that area, so much so I wasn't even sure how to start a personal statement for it.
    - I believe I'd do much better in the subject at university
    - Read a lot around the subject.

    Cons of history
    - Opens up less employment prospects than PAIS(?) Not entirely sure on this one but when I've looked at employment prospects for different degrees the ones from PAIS are much better than those listed with history.
    - Not as prestigious as PAIS(?) Again not sure, but when I tell people I'm planning on pursuing a degree in PAIS or history they always tell me to choose the former.

    Pros of PAIS
    - Encompasses history into the modules, something I'd really enjoy.
    - I like the modules the course offers, though not as much as history (however that's not to say I don't.)
    - Better employment prospects than History(?)

    Cons
    - Lack of understanding/knowledge
    If you re more passionate about one, then you re more likely to do well academically in it. If you go for Pais course could you swap to history completely if you change your mind?
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    If you re more passionate about one, then you re more likely to do well academically in it. If you go for Pais course could you swap to history completely if you change your mind?
    There's no guarantee that I could swap so I'm not sure if I'd be willing to take that risk. I understand that academically I may do better at history, but it's not to say that I don't like the idea of PAIS, I'd still be motivated to study for it the same. I guess the problem for me really rattles down to which degree would benefit me the most in terms of employment prospects, I only really started to doubt my degree choice (which was initially history) after taking a look at this: https://university.which.co.uk/subjects/history, if you take a look at the prospects they list they're definitely not something I'd be interested in, teachers and retail cashiers... Comparatively the employment prospects listed on the politics page (https://university.which.co.uk/subjects/politics) are mainly civil servant jobs/finance/marketing-related careers that I could see myself doing, that's the only problem, I'm not sure if history could open those doors.

    I was thinking about doing my bachelors in history and then doing my masters in something related to PAIS, but I don't know about that either. I haven't really been educated about this stuff and most of it is what I find online, so forgive me if I come across ignorant or whatever.
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    (Original post by Wikia)
    There's no guarantee that I could swap so I'm not sure if I'd be willing to take that risk. I understand that academically I may do better at history, but it's not to say that I don't like the idea of PAIS, I'd still be motivated to study for it the same. I guess the problem for me really rattles down to which degree would benefit me the most in terms of employment prospects, I only really started to doubt my degree choice (which was initially history) after taking a look at this: https://university.which.co.uk/subjects/history, if you take a look at the prospects they list they're definitely not something I'd be interested in, teachers and retail cashiers... Comparatively the employment prospects listed on the politics page (https://university.which.co.uk/subjects/politics) are mainly civil servant jobs/finance/marketing-related careers that I could see myself doing, that's the only problem, I'm not sure if history could open those doors.

    I was thinking about doing my bachelors in history and then doing my masters in something related to PAIS, but I don't know about that either. I haven't really been educated about this stuff and most of it is what I find online, so forgive me if I come across ignorant or whatever.
    If career wise you much prefer politics related jobs then it would be the appropriate choices, it's not too say that you couldn't do them with history but it could be easier with politics.
 
 
 

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