What degrees do you think are most useful/useless Watch

Studentboy783
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Just curious as to what people’s opinions are. Mine are
Useful:
- maths
- Engineering
- Medicine
- Law
- Finance/Economics
- nursing

Useless: (no hate against these subjects but they don’t seem very good in terms of employment)
- History
- English
- Philosophy
- psych
- MFL
- classics
Oh and also add to useful the Most useful degree in the world that can get you into any career field the amazing degree that is “Anglo Saxon, Nordic and Celtic”
What’s everyone else’s opinion?
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I know someone who got a 2:2 in Classics who had earned over £100k in a year working at a bank. His friend who got a 2:1 in economics is working at Wetherspoons. There are no good or bad degrees, it's all about your work ethic.

But dumping on any degree as "less good" is pretty childish and cringe.
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(Original post by Mo_Barker)
I know someone who got a 2:2 in Classics who had earned over £100k in a year working at a bank. His friend who got a 2:1 in economics is working at Wetherspoons. There are no good or bad degrees, it's all about your work ethic.

But dumping on any degree as "less good" is pretty childish and cringe.
A lot of these opinions are the ones that have been drilled into me by my school. I wish I’d counted how many times the principal said that engineering and computer science were the only degrees with a good job market
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In fairness even Maths can be useless if you don't have any 'applied' interests like programming or finance.
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A lot of these opinions are the ones that have been drilled into me by my school. I wish I’d counted how many times the principal said that engineering and computer science were the only degrees with a good job market
Computer science has the highest unemployment rate of any degree subject
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That's because many people who take the degree can not actually program even after it has finished and got through it by having their mates help with coursework assignments.
That and computer science degrees would rather you be able to complete a specific piece of work than be almost fluent in the programming language
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:indiff:
Compsci degrees aren’t supposed to be coding academy:rolleyes: if that’s your career ambition steer clear of university
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I'd add Biomedical Science and Pharmacy to the useful degrees :h:
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Law isn't going to be a particularly useful degree once the SQE comes into place... unless you're part of the <10% of law graduates that actually get pupillage and go to the Bar
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philosophy broadly speaking has excellent employment prospects and indeed employment rates (obviously the better the dept, the better the rates tend to be)

where do you kids pull this crap from
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It's hard to actually think for a course that it just useless. History is extremely useful. I did engineering, I am dependent on History.

There's also Eastern European Studies which may be wild but I think useful because there's so much there in Eastern Europe that goes un-noticed that is worth uncovering. I kid you not! Niche but really interesting.

I think Games Design is pointless. Doesn't feel like it gives the edge to the required art form. I love video games but Games Design? I know people with degrees who make video games sell and worth while, just a course named games design?
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Computer science has the highest unemployment rate of any degree subject
I forgot about that. It is a bit pointless. I would agree because any science mentality can apply what they like if they learn how to program considering that it is accessible. My opinion anyways.
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(Original post by gjd800)
philosophy broadly speaking has excellent employment prospects and indeed employment rates (obviously the better the dept, the better the rates tend to be)

where do you kids pull this crap from
It genuinely probably comes from memes
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(Original post by Sinnoh)
It genuinely probably comes from memes
not to mention the thoroughly depressing instrumentalisation of higher ed

languages, history, phil, greats/classics all crucial to knowledge creation and culture, but because they might not be a direct route to 150k a year, pointless

give me strength
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philosophy broadly speaking has excellent employment prospects and indeed employment rates (obviously the better the dept, the better the rates tend to be)

where do you kids pull this crap from
...our teachers. Seriously we get told regularly the only real useful degrees are engineering, maybe medicine and computer science
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(Original post by Studentboy783)
...our teachers. Seriously we get told regularly the only real useful degrees are engineering, maybe medicine and computer science
Your teachers are idiots
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