I hate my degreeWatch
Hey everybody. I’m a second year student in radiography and I absolutely detest it, but I’ve already completed my first year and pretty much started my second year but I hate it. I wake up feeling hopeless and depressed. I fear that I’m stuck in this profession with this degree, I don’t want to do anything related to radiography in the slightest. I have no previous experience of retail and I’m afraid I’m stuck in this profession I don’t want to pursue. Are there any options for me to pursue something else with a degree in radiography? What kind of jobs could I get instead after uni? Thanks!
What do you dislike about the degree? It's a pretty vocational course and surely you would have done a lot of research and maybe gained some experience in the field before applying? I'm sure it has transferable skills though, so that's a plus. What would you consider doing instead?
Hi, don't worry too much. I know that trying to complete a degree you've lost interest in will be extremely daunting and challenging but many employeers are happy to employ graduates with different backgrounds as long as you graduated with 2:1/First. So, you can go into retail with a degree in Radiography You can look for some summer internships and meanwhile try out Forage virual internships so you'll get an idea what you're interested in.
Having worked full time for about 3 years now (such a wealth of experience, i know :P ), I’ve come to realise that there is no point in studying, working, or following a career path in a field for which you have no passion. I spent 8 months in a job that I hated, and it changed me for the worse. We spend so much of our lives in work, so it’s vital - whenever possible - to do something we enjoy, or can at least tolerate.
I think that you first need to understand why you have lost your passion for your subject: a lack of confidence; a sudden realisation that the subject does not interest you nearly as much as you had hoped, etc. If you can find out why, there’s a chance that you can rekindle that passion.
If not, I would recommend pausing your studies for a while and working so that you can try and figure things out. It’s not unusual to defer, and it’s better than continuing down a path you hate for another 2 years. Some people I know have done that. Sometimes they return to complete the same degree, sometimes they start a new degree in a completely different subject.
Of course, I should mention that I obviously know nothing about your financial or living situation, so the above may be easier said than done, especially given the current state of the UK. Nevertheless, I hope this helps.
Remember this: What you are feeling is not that uncommon. Nor is it anything to be ashamed about. Life is fickle sometimes.
All the best to you.