Is there a career in developmental linguistics?Watch
I've been obsessing over my situation for about a year and after having endless discussions with friends and family, I thought I'd seek advice from other postgrad students / applicants.
In short, I got my BA in Public Relations from Bournemouth University and graduated with a first last year. While on placement in my second year, I realized that there was no way I wanted to do PR or Marketing for the rest of my life. Considering this, I applied for the MSc Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and, to my complete surprise, received an offer in April last year.
However, for the rest of the year I couldn't make up my mind about whether or not to pursue it. I simply felt burnt-out from my BA and was urging to get out of the UK. However, I worried that if I turned this down, I would never get another opportunity to do a Masters in a subject I care about at a top university, especially since I come from such a non-linguistic background.
In the end, I decided to email the university and ask for a 1 year deferral, which was granted. For the past year, I have worked in digital marketing in the UK, but this has only confirmed my feelings about not wanting to work in this field because I find it boring and unfulfilling. My feedback at my company has been excellent, but the truth is I spend most of my days researching other possible careers.
Unfortunately, I feel like without a masters in another subject, it would be very difficult for me to switch to another field (all my internships and my 2 years work experience relate to marketing/communications to some extent). I still have the possibility of going to Edinburgh, but I see no job prospects. I know I still have a passion for linguistics and if I didn't have to worry about a career, I would do it in a heartbeat (albeit switching to developmental linguistics which would be my preferred specialty). Furthermore, funding would not be a problem as my parents helped me finance my BA and would finance my MSc so I could graduate without debt.
Despite all this, my main problem is that I don't want to waste their money and a year of my life to only end up in marketing again. I feel like this the most popular career for people who don't know what to do with their degrees since there is always an abundance of open positions and it's very easy to pick up.
If that's the case, I may as well just gain another year experience and pray that one day another career opportunity will open up. Maybe I only hate it due to the industries I've worked in (chemical production and law) and not marketing itself. I wish I could know before having to make this big decision.
Need more help on going postgrad?
Have you researched what graduates of the Edinburgh Linguistics MSc have gone on to do? The DLHE data should give some idea, and a bit of research on LinkedIn might give more clues. Using LinkedIn you might be able to actually contact someone who has done the course.