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I am currently studying Communication and Media and I feel like the course doesn't challenge me in any way. I am learning things that are so basic that I don't think they will ever be useful in a career in media, not to mention that a media degree is never required to work within the industry. I am afraid I will waste three years of my life for nothing so I'm considering changing my course after the first year for Business or Management.
What do you think I should do?
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I am currently studying Communication and Media and I feel like the course doesn't challenge me in any way. I am learning things that are so basic that I don't think they will ever be useful in a career in media, not to mention that a media degree is never required to work within the industry. I am afraid I will waste three years of my life for nothing so I'm considering changing my course after the first year for Business or Management.
What do you think I should do?
I think you should talk to your tutor about your feelings about the course. First year of a course can often feel easy/simple because it’s about making sure that people from a range of educational systems/subjects all have the same basic knowledge. It may well be that your course will become a lot more complex next year (and if you swap to year 1 of business you might experience exactly the same situation for the first year).

I would also suggest that you speak to someone at your university careers service about what you want to do after your degree and how many graduates from different courses take that route.
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Tbh, Media won't secure you a career in media. I once googled 10 first profiles of people working in Dazed Group (magazines). 5/10 of them did English Lit, 3 did History and 2 did Modern Languages. If you don't feel right about it, change before it's too late. Don't waste 3 years of your life and then regret.
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Tbh, Media won't secure you a career in media. I once googled 10 first profiles of people working in Dazed Group (magazines). 5/10 of them did English Lit, 3 did History and 2 did Modern Languages. If you don't feel right about it, change before it's too late. Don't waste 3 years of your life and then regret.
How old where the people you looked at? Did they also have postgraduate journalism qualifications? Yes a generic media degree isn’t ideal to get into journalism or publishing - but an accredited journalism degree is not a generic media degree (and these weren’t common 20+ years ago and so weren’t the main route into the industry for people who started their careers then).
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How old where the people you looked at? Did they also have postgraduate journalism qualifications? Yes a generic media degree isn’t ideal to get into journalism or publishing - but an accredited journalism degree is not a generic media degree (and these weren’t common 20+ years ago and so weren’t the main route into the industry for people who started their careers then).
Some of them did at City Uni, London but some of them didn't. Having postgraduates degree in Journalism is a common route but undergraduate degree in Journalism is a different story. I doubt they would prefer you because you are a Journalism graduate. Loads of people has become writers, journalists without journalism degree, and that still works with youngsters. It's not always the case, but English or History graduates has still outweighed Journalism graduates in the field of journalism in particular and media in general.
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Some of them did at City Uni, London but some of them didn't. Having postgraduates degree in Journalism is a common route but undergraduate degree in Journalism is a different story. I doubt they would prefer you because you are a Journalism graduate. Loads of people has become writers, journalists without journalism degree, and that still works with youngsters. It's not always the case, but English or History graduates has still outweighed Journalism graduates in the field of journalism in particular and media in general.
Again. You’re comparing the media job market for entry level roles now to the picture ten, twenty, thirty years ago. This is an industry that has not stayed still and is not forgiving to applicants without practical experience and a comprehensive media skillset - that’s not something you get from a more traditional degree subject.

And even if it was your post dismissing all media degrees isn’t very useful to someone halfway through their first year of a degree.
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Again. You’re comparing the media job market for entry level roles now to the picture ten, twenty, thirty years ago. This is an industry that has not stayed still and is not forgiving to applicants without practical experience and a comprehensive media skillset - that’s not something you get from a more traditional degree subject.

And even if it was your post dismissing all media degrees isn’t very useful to someone halfway through their first year of a degree.
That's what internships are for. Anyway, whatever you think, suit yourself. People are entitled with their thoughts, so I'm not wasting time arguing about this anymore.

For thread starter, English, History, Modern Languages > Journalism/Media. Go for traditional option if you are not sure. At the end of the day, those degrees are still beneficial, one way or another.
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Tbh, Media won't secure you a career in media. I once googled 10 first profiles of people working in Dazed Group (magazines). 5/10 of them did English Lit, 3 did History and 2 did Modern Languages. If you don't feel right about it, change before it's too late. Don't waste 3 years of your life and then regret.


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