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Im a bit stuck, I have a passion for music and I would like to take that career option, but people say its unstable and it may be better to get an education first. I'm planning to study history and philosophy however barely any unis in London have philosophy courses and unis dont like when u r too general about subjects.... I'm not sure what to do I just need some advice
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Im a bit stuck, I have a passion for music and I would like to take that career option, but people say its unstable and it may be better to get an education first. I'm planning to study history and philosophy however barely any unis in London have philosophy courses and unis dont like when u r too general about subjects.... I'm not sure what to do I just need some advice
You will just have to work on the pros and cons lists.

1. London uni.
2. Music career
3. Other including gap and more research.

What are your predicteds?
Why does it have to be London?
Just go through your target unis and see if they have the course for you joint/ major minor etc.


If you dont know then take a gap imo and get some experience, maybe music, but do more career research trying to find the best path for you. I have definitely seen where people have regretted taking music as its saturated and offers limited prospects even if you are very good. that is to make a living out of.


You should also consider outside London or different degree courses.


Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.

https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771



Which course?

https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203

https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer



Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.

https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771


Which course?

https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203

https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer

Career profiles
https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles?letter=A
https://nationalcareersservice.direc...-profiles/home
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I never went to Uni when other people my age did as it didn't seem sensible, I didn't get the grades I wanted, didn't know what I wanted to do and got offered a reasonable job straight out of my A levels but I'm going to start next year (Just got my offer today eep!) To study music production and creative recording at Sussex Downs. Two things prompted this:
1 - national careers service have tests you can take to show you what areas you are good at and they give suggested job areas once your profile is complete
And 2 - someone asked me the question, if money was no object and you needed to do something to fill your time what would you do? My answer was something with music so 11 years after my friends I'm heading to Uni to study it.

You're young and you can afford to make mistakes and try things. Head to open days, talk to students, if you think music is where you're headed go to local bars with open Mic nights, talk to musicians, producers, event organisers and find out for yourself what it takes. There's no harm in asking and you'll never know if you don't try

Good luck!
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(Original post by 999tigger)You will just have to work on the pros and cons lists.



1. London uni.

2. Music career

3. Other including gap and more research.



What are your predicteds?

Why does it have to be London?

Just go through your target unis and see if they have the course for you joint/ major minor etc.





If you dont know then take a gap imo and get some experience, maybe music, but do more career research trying to find the best path for you. I have definitely seen where people have regretted taking music as its saturated and offers limited prospects even if you are very good. that is to make a living out of.





You should also consider outside London or different degree courses.





Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.



https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771







Which course?



https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203



https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer







Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.



https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771





Which course?



https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203



https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer



Career profiles

https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles?letter=A

https://nationalcareersservice.direc...-profiles/home

(Original post by 999tigger)
You will just have to work on the pros and cons lists.

1. London uni.
2. Music career
3. Other including gap and more research.

What are your predicteds?
Why does it have to be London?
Just go through your target unis and see if they have the course for you joint/ major minor etc.


If you dont know then take a gap imo and get some experience, maybe music, but do more career research trying to find the best path for you. I have definitely seen where people have regretted taking music as its saturated and offers limited prospects even if you are very good. that is to make a living out of.


You should also consider outside London or different degree courses.


Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.

https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771



Which course?

https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203

https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer



Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.

https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771


Which course?

https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203

https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer

Career profiles
https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles?letter=A
https://nationalcareersservice.direc...-profiles/home
Wow thank you this was helpful. I'm limited to London as its expensive to live out and my family would like me to go from home however you're right I should build more of an experience around music, I don't just want to drop everything and go for it even though I love it. A gap year sounds pretty appealing, I'm thinking of applying for history however taking this time to decide whether I should go through with it. 💕 Thank you the links are really helpful.
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I never went to Uni when other people my age did as it didn't seem sensible, I didn't get the grades I wanted, didn't know what I wanted to do and got offered a reasonable job straight out of my A levels but I'm going to start next year (Just got my offer today eep!) To study music production and creative recording at Sussex Downs. Two things prompted this:
1 - national careers service have tests you can take to show you what areas you are good at and they give suggested job areas once your profile is complete
And 2 - someone asked me the question, if money was no object and you needed to do something to fill your time what would you do? My answer was something with music so 11 years after my friends I'm heading to Uni to study it.

You're young and you can afford to make mistakes and try things. Head to open days, talk to students, if you think music is where you're headed go to local bars with open Mic nights, talk to musicians, producers, event organisers and find out for yourself what it takes. There's no harm in asking and you'll never know if you don't try

Good luck!
Aww thank you so much, I couldn't agree more, what you're planning to study is very interesting and those are good tatcics to help you chose what you want to study. I think it's good u didn't just go to uni for the sake of it, you took your time and decided what to do carefully, I think my lack of exposure to musical experience is holding me back, I need to be more confident and try to explore more. Thank you for your advice it's really good, I talked to my family about persuing a music career and they agreed which I'm really glad for. I will definately look more into it and try to choose carefully what I really want, thank you again and I wish you the best in your music degree, I know you'll do so well 😊💕👍🎶
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(Original post by 999tigger)You will just have to work on the pros and cons lists.



1. London uni.

2. Music career

3. Other including gap and more research.



What are your predicteds?

Why does it have to be London?

Just go through your target unis and see if they have the course for you joint/ major minor etc.





If you dont know then take a gap imo and get some experience, maybe music, but do more career research trying to find the best path for you. I have definitely seen where people have regretted taking music as its saturated and offers limited prospects even if you are very good. that is to make a living out of.





You should also consider outside London or different degree courses.





Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.



https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771







Which course?



https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203



https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer







Careers- See if you can get any of these books at the careers library or they will have similar for you to read. Try and get ones aimed at your age group. If you cant find then just get second hand from Amazon.



https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Rocks-...cks+your+world



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Ar...o+what+you+are



https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Color-.../dp/1607745771





Which course?



https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203



https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer



Career profiles

https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles?letter=A

https://nationalcareersservice.direc...-profiles/home


Wow thank you this was helpful. I'm limited to London as its expensive to live out and my family would like me to go from home however you're right I should build more of an experience around music, I don't just want to drop everything and go for it even though I love it. A gap year sounds pretty appealing, I'm thinking of applying for history however taking this time to decide whether I should go through with it. 💕 Thank you the links are really helpful.
Try talking to people on music degrees. It is a big risk and you may wish to do something more practical.
Student unions normally have music associate societies, speak and make contacts with people doing the degree and they can tell you their experience. Read the books I suggested plus focus on getting the best A levels you can.
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Try talking to people on music degrees. It is a big risk and you may wish to do something more practical.
Student unions normally have music associate societies, speak and make contacts with people doing the degree and they can tell you their experience. Read the books I suggested plus focus on getting the best A levels you can.
Yes youre right I'll talk to more people and do more research on it. Thank you I will read them ❤️ and I'll focus on my subjects I'm doing right now. Thank you so much 👍♥️💜💕💕
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Im a bit stuck, I have a passion for music and I would like to take that career option, but people say its unstable and it may be better to get an education first. I'm planning to study history and philosophy however barely any unis in London have philosophy courses and unis dont like when u r too general about subjects.... I'm not sure what to do I just need some advice
Hi @Happiness316,

Could I introduce you to Echo Factory? We're a specialist music school that offers practical, personalised, industry-focused degrees, and our team of industry professionals actually offer a free unbiased advice service for those looking to launch careers in music (even if you choose not to study with us directly).

If you're not sure where to start or how to make sure that your career is sustainable as well as successful, please feel free to get in touch with us either via PM, the contact form on our website or by calling our team on 0116 253 5657!
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