It's time to talk about Psychology degrees: can everyone please stop doing them for gods sake?
The infamously poor employment prospects of psychology doesn't seem to deter millions of young people (let's be honest, mainly girls) from choosing to study this venerable degree every year to the detriment of their future career chances. When I ask any girl what shes hoping to do at uni all i hear is psychology, psychology, psychology. What actually is the obsession? Do people have this twitch that makes them unable to comprehend studying something useful at uni? The problem is that:
a) the psychology job market over-saturated with graduates meaning very few actually go on to do something related
b) to actually be a psychologist you have to jump through so many hoops of postgrad education & work experience that few will actually follow through with their career goal
c) for those not interested in the mental health sector and who just want a normal graduate office job, the degree offers virtually no transferable skills (you won't incorporate stats into your career believe me) and has the poorest of track records for graduates:
salary 5 years after graduating (vs £28k for Nursing)
- Only 45%
of psych graduates end up in graduate level jobs
end up in Retail, catering, waiting and bar staff and only a shocking 4%
work in the healthcare sector after uni
But that won't stop any of you. It's like half the country have all woken up today with the same ideas: go play in traffic, give that nice man from the internet some money, and do a degree in psychology.
Please don't give me the excuse that you "enjoy" the subject
, you may find psychology more tolerable than others but nobody "enjoys" the pressure of hard work, assignments, exams and 9am lectures.
Be honest with yourself. The truth is you have not chosen to study psychology at uni because you enjoy it, you've chosen it because you have no bloody idea of what else to do. Why not just leave school and go straight into retail?
(Sources: https://hecsu.ac.uk/assets/assets/documents/What_do_graduates_do_2017(1).pdf ;https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/harsh-lesson-the-degrees-with-worst-job-prospects-j2mx8scw9xg;https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41693230)
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