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I'm currently at a point where I'm so torn between different options and pathways. I enjoy so many different things, and I can't decide which one I should specialise in at university. It's constantly spinning around and around in my head.

I love creative writing, and it's one of my strongest skills. But I feel like a creative writing degree on its own just wouldn't be respected enough, or provide enough employment opportunities. I also have my heart set on UEA, for multiple reasons. I'm interested in a few of their degrees - American Literature with Creative Writing, English Literature with Creative Writing and Society, Culture and Media. Media Studies was my favourite A Level, so naturally I'm leaning towards that, but I don't want to abandon my creative writing. I also don't know if I could handle a Literature degree! I suppose it depends how much of the degree focuses on Literature and how much is creative writing.

Anyway, I was just wondering how you decided what degree to do? Employment prospects? Enjoyment? How good you were at the subject?
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In general, it's not worth applying to too many choices at the same uni, as they'll often let you swap between closely related courses during the application process anyway.

If you look through the UCAS course search, there are loads of options for joint honours degrees including creative writing:
https://digital.ucas.com/search/resu...mPostcode=25mi

Most uni websites will give you a relatively detailed breakdown of the courses they offer, but if you want more information, you can always email unis and/or attend open days to get more information.

It's worth remembering that lots of people don't end up working in a job directly related to their degree- there are lots of "generic" grad jobs out there. Communication skills are also really important in lots of jobs. Therefore, if you're not 100% sure what you want to do with your life after uni, it's fine to go for a degree you think you'll enjoy and do well at!
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I'm currently at a point where I'm so torn between different options and pathways. I enjoy so many different things, and I can't decide which one I should specialise in at university. It's constantly spinning around and around in my head.

I love creative writing, and it's one of my strongest skills. But I feel like a creative writing degree on its own just wouldn't be respected enough, or provide enough employment opportunities. I also have my heart set on UEA, for multiple reasons. I'm interested in a few of their degrees - American Literature with Creative Writing, English Literature with Creative Writing and Society, Culture and Media. Media Studies was my favourite A Level, so naturally I'm leaning towards that, but I don't want to abandon my creative writing. I also don't know if I could handle a Literature degree! I suppose it depends how much of the degree focuses on Literature and how much is creative writing.

Anyway, I was just wondering how you decided what degree to do? Employment prospects? Enjoyment? How good you were at the subject?
I did English with Creative Writing and thought it was good because English has many transferable skills but it also allowed me to continue with Creative Writing which I really enjoy.
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I'm currently at a point where I'm so torn between different options and pathways. I enjoy so many different things, and I can't decide which one I should specialise in at university. It's constantly spinning around and around in my head.

I love creative writing, and it's one of my strongest skills. But I feel like a creative writing degree on its own just wouldn't be respected enough, or provide enough employment opportunities. I also have my heart set on UEA, for multiple reasons. I'm interested in a few of their degrees - American Literature with Creative Writing, English Literature with Creative Writing and Society, Culture and Media. Media Studies was my favourite A Level, so naturally I'm leaning towards that, but I don't want to abandon my creative writing. I also don't know if I could handle a Literature degree! I suppose it depends how much of the degree focuses on Literature and how much is creative writing.

Anyway, I was just wondering how you decided what degree to do? Employment prospects? Enjoyment? How good you were at the subject?
I really struggled to make my mind up, so I attended a bunch of lectures, open days, and went on a summer school to decide.

Ask yourself, what subject can't you live without? If you have an answer, then there's your degree. If not, then ask yourself what you would enjoy. I know just as many students unemployed with degrees they thought would be 'employable' - although this helps, if you have a strong work ethic, get involved in societies and part-time jobs, and learn how to articulate your transferrable skills, getting a job at the end shouldn't be an issue.
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