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My problem is in the title. I don’t have a strong passion for any of professions there are, but it’s already year 13th and I have to choose uni courses. I’m planning to study law and I find it fairly interesting, but I’m again not very passionate about it. I would’ve love to become a writer, but it’s less of a profession one can learn and I need more stability rn, so I’m not going to take English. I’m also interested in politics a lot, but again right now I don’t feel like becoming a politician. And all my life I for some reason thought that I will become a lawyer. It always was at the back of my mind, but never was the dream job.

I get that asking strangers on the internet is pretty dumb. But guys I need some fresh outlook on the situation. What do you think? What should I take?

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All my life I never really had a dream job. Even though I did pretty well in school and had different interests. As a teenager I never really took time to meaningfully think about what career I actually desire, probably bc there were no such professions.
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What are your hobbies?
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What are your hobbies?
Firstly thanks for answering! I have a few. I really love books and reading. Theater. Then hiking and rock climbing. Also a little bit of gardening
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What are your hobbies?
Also as you can see, my hobbies don’t really help with the job choice (
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Firstly thanks for answering! I have a few. I really love books and reading. Theater. Then hiking and rock climbing. Also a little bit of gardening
English sounds like the best degree for you. Law requires a lot of work, and it really doesn't sound like your heart is in it. Would you enjoy teaching or journalism?
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My problem is in the title. I don’t have a strong passion for any of professions there are, but it’s already year 13th and I have to choose uni courses. I’m planning to study law and I find it fairly interesting, but I’m again not very passionate about it. I would’ve love to become a writer, but it’s less of a profession one can learn and I need more stability rn, so I’m not going to take English. I’m also interested in politics a lot, but again right now I don’t feel like becoming a politician. And all my life I for some reason thought that I will become a lawyer. It always was at the back of my mind, but never was the dream job.

I get that asking strangers on the internet is pretty dumb. But guys I need some fresh outlook on the situation. What do you think? What should I take?

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All my life I never really had a dream job. Even though I did pretty well in school and had different interests. As a teenager I never really took time to meaningfully think about what career I actually desire, probably bc there were no such professions.
To be honest, very few people actually use their degree to get into a specific profession (especially outside of the sciences etc.)
If you're looking for something to chose, and going from what you said, i'd look at politics/IR/history or something like that. They're useful for learning writing skills, research and so on and they can be used to get many different jobs.
Plus, aside from its versatility in terms of getting a job it doesnt preclude you from doing a legal conversion course later on if you do decide to go the legal route

Other than that, might be worth taking a year out to, pardon the triteness, "find yourself" and let you really decide what degree you want. After i missed my dream uni the first time round i went travelling for a year to give me some time to consider what id want to study and i found it very helpful
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it’s already year 13th and I have to choose uni courses.
No you don't. You don't have to do anything. Don't feel pressured into going to uni or choosing a career if you're unsure, there's no rush and it's better to have a good idea than rush into the wrong idea.

I've always said that university isn't a good idea until you know with some clarity what you want to do, and you know a degree will help get you there. Otherwise it's an expensive commitment, in terms of your time, the financial costs, etc.

It'll probably be beneficial to take a gap year, and give yourself time to explore ideas without also stressing about school. Right now it probably feels like you have to make a choice, but you're super focused on Year 13 and don't have the time to really sit down and think about it. I didn't know what I wanted to do until I took a year out after college, so don't feel as though you need to immediately go to university. Take all the time you need to think about what you want, and then choose university when it's the right choice for you.
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I agree with the above poster - take a year out and get work experiences at different places to see whether any of them spark any interest, or at least inform you of where your skills lie. It's expensive to do a degree just for the sake of doing it if you're not going to like it or use it anyway, it's better to take some extra time out and figure it all out. Also, what about apprenticeships? They may be more appealing?
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English sounds like the best degree for you. Law requires a lot of work, and it really doesn't sound like your heart is in it. Would you enjoy teaching or journalism?
I probably would, but there are a few things: 1)I’m not a big fan of modern English literature, I can barely sit in our schools English classes. I love literature, but not modern. 2) This probably sounds shallow, but I love money and I don’t see a lot of growth opportunities in being a teacher or a journalist (I mean if I’d took second id eventually become a writer, but otherwise just office life).
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My advice is, don't really think about your future job, unless you already have one in mind. If you are interested in politics, study politics or international relations or things like that. For lot of jobs out there, you only need some degree, not a degree in specific subject. Go to some university website and look at their prospectus. They probably have one with all their possible study programs shortly described. Take a look at that and read description of everything you don't exactly know or sounds at least a bit interesting. You will find out that there are tons of things you didn't know you could study.
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To be honest, very few people actually use their degree to get into a specific profession (especially outside of the sciences etc.)
If you're looking for something to chose, and going from what you said, i'd look at politics/IR/history or something like that. They're useful for learning writing skills, research and so on and they can be used to get many different jobs.
Plus, aside from its versatility in terms of getting a job it doesnt preclude you from doing a legal conversion course later on if you do decide to go the legal route

Other than that, might be worth taking a year out to, pardon the triteness, "find yourself" and let you really decide what degree you want. After i missed my dream uni the first time round i went travelling for a year to give me some time to consider what id want to study and i found it very helpful
Thank you and your story sounds great. Where did you go after traveling, if it’s ok to ask?
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Have you considered different areas of law? I am aspiring to go into environmental protection legislation, as although it is competitive it would be very personally rewarding, due to my interest in nature and sustainability. Is there a particular issue you are concerned about, and would therefore feel passionate about helping people/impacted parties find justice? Not all lawyering is in the corporate world (although of course you would have to study this too during your law degree and possibly pupillage/training contract). Whilst the more 'humanitarian' (for lack of a better word) routes of law are sometimes less well paid and competitive, they are a feasible and rewarding career if you are prepared to put the work in. How about working as a Crown Prosecution Lawyer if you feel comfortable working for the state? You could specialise in an area that interests you/you feel passionate about e.g. Hate Crime.

My only other advice would be to take a gap year (honestly, with Corona this will not be an unusual choice) so you can properly think about what you want to do. I hope this helps
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Have you considered different areas of law? I am aspiring to go into environmental protection legislation, as although it is competitive it would be very personally rewarding, due to my interest in nature and sustainability. Is there a particular issue you are concerned about, and would therefore feel passionate about helping people/impacted parties find justice for? Not all lawyering is in the corporate world (although of course you would have to study this too during your law degree and possibly pupillage/training contract). Whilst the more 'humanitarian' (for lack of a better word) routes of law are sometimes less well paid and competitive, they are a feasible and rewarding career if you are prepared to put the work in. How about working as a Crown Prosecution Lawyer if you feel comfortable working for the state? You could specialise in an area that interests you/you feel passionate about e.g. Hate Crime.

My only other advice would be to take a gap year (honestly, with Corona this will not be an unusual choice) so you can properly think about what you want to do. I hope this helps
Thank you it helps . I’m thinking about that too.
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Thank you and your story sounds great. Where did you go after traveling, if it’s ok to ask?
Of course, I went to Queen Mary UoL. Unfortunately i more chose it for the location and the fact a friend was going there which wasnt overly sensible with the benefit of hindsight, however the broad point stands :lol:
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I probably would, but there are a few things: 1)I’m not a big fan of modern English literature, I can barely sit in our schools English classes. I love literature, but not modern. 2) This probably sounds shallow, but I love money and I don’t see a lot of growth opportunities in being a teacher or a journalist (I mean if I’d took second id eventually become a writer, but otherwise just office life).
Many lawyers don't make that much, and it's hard to perform in a job that you hate. School management roles pay better, and you can live in a cheap area.

Do what you enjoy for a degree, then see where it takes you.
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