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Hi, I am a 17 year old student and in 2 years I will be going to university. Right now I am contemplating what majors I would like to pursue, I am stuck between Economics and International Relations. I love learning about International Relations and I read around the subject all the time and watch a lot of documentries however I am unsure about the employability of International Relations graduates. On the other hand, Economics is a subject I am fairly confortable studying and I know it can lead to high paying jobs but I am not as passionate about it as I am for International Relations. My "dream" job would be, to become a police detective and I am aware there is no speceific degree needed for that, however I would like to use my degree as a "back-up" if this whole police thing doesn't quite work out. What do you guys think I should do?
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Hi. At the end of the day, it us up to you. However, you've said that you are really passionate about international relations. It sounds like that's the one to go for. Especially seeing as it is only a backup to what you really want to do. It's your choice and you can change your mind until you do your application and there's always more research into employability. On this site https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...onal-relations it states that 60.3% of course graduates become employed without further study or working in a different job.

I hope you find out what you want to do. Good luck!! xx
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I would always say do the degree you’re genuinely passionate about, and then get work experience/internships etc. to develop your skills while are university.

You will likely achieve better in a degree you actually enjoy, as you’ll be more motivated to study. You can always join an Economics society while at university in order to develop your interest in that area
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Economics doesn't ensure you a good job. It maybe helps you a little to learn about finance and money, but there is no point in doing Economics instead of IR if you don't want to specialise in banking or finance. That said, IR is an incredibly versatile and respected degree; many people end up going into finance regardless.

I would just do an IR degree or perhaps a joint degree in both IR and Economics. If you really dislike Econ, drop it in your first year and continue with IR.
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I don’t know about ur gcses but if u work hard and get into LSE for international relations u look better than most ppl who’ve done economics (unless they’re at oxbridge or lse themselves).
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(Original post by Colano03)
Hi, I am a 17 year old student and in 2 years I will be going to university. Right now I am contemplating what majors I would like to pursue, I am stuck between Economics and International Relations. I love learning about International Relations and I read around the subject all the time and watch a lot of documentries however I am unsure about the employability of International Relations graduates. On the other hand, Economics is a subject I am fairly confortable studying and I know it can lead to high paying jobs but I am not as passionate about it as I am for International Relations. My "dream" job would be, to become a police detective and I am aware there is no speceific degree needed for that, however I would like to use my degree as a "back-up" if this whole police thing doesn't quite work out. What do you guys think I should do?
Hi Colano03,

I think the other posters have made excellent points. You can look at both degrees common career options on the prospects website but only you know what you really want to do. I would definitely advising picking something that you genuinely enjoy as it will make the studying side feel less of a chore as you'll be engaged with the topic. I absolutely loved my degree and found that when it came to dissertations, there was a big difference in who has selected their degree for the title and who had selected a degree for genuine enjoyment. Theres lots of factors to consider but if your dream job is outside of these fields, then perhaps the employability of an economics degree is less relevant?

Best of luck in your selection,
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As someone with an IR degree from a top ten university in the UK, I'd say do the economics degree. Funnily enough, my dream job was also to be a police officer.
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do both; lots of universities offer economics and politics
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(Original post by Colano03)
Hi, I am a 17 year old student and in 2 years I will be going to university. Right now I am contemplating what majors I would like to pursue, I am stuck between Economics and International Relations. I love learning about International Relations and I read around the subject all the time and watch a lot of documentries however I am unsure about the employability of International Relations graduates. On the other hand, Economics is a subject I am fairly confortable studying and I know it can lead to high paying jobs but I am not as passionate about it as I am for International Relations. My "dream" job would be, to become a police detective and I am aware there is no speceific degree needed for that, however I would like to use my degree as a "back-up" if this whole police thing doesn't quite work out. What do you guys think I should do?
I think use it as a back up and get some experience in the police workforce. Spend these two years getting it and then find a route to get into your dream job. If it takes too long, then do your degree. But first really give it a try. You never know if you don't try.
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I think use it as a back up and get some experience in the police workforce. Spend these two years getting it and then find a route to get into your dream job. If it takes too long, then do your degree. But first really give it a try. You never know if you don't try.
You might find a route whilst/after you do your degree as there may be some connections with the degree your doing to the job.
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Go for soemthing useful. If tyuo go for 3 years of interest and it's no use in future, then you have a lifetime to regret it. On the other hand, 3 years of less than interesting study could lead to a lifetime's reward. It's a no brainer to me.
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(Original post by Colano03)
Hi, I am a 17 year old student and in 2 years I will be going to university. Right now I am contemplating what majors I would like to pursue, I am stuck between Economics and International Relations. I love learning about International Relations and I read around the subject all the time and watch a lot of documentries however I am unsure about the employability of International Relations graduates. On the other hand, Economics is a subject I am fairly confortable studying and I know it can lead to high paying jobs but I am not as passionate about it as I am for International Relations. My "dream" job would be, to become a police detective and I am aware there is no speceific degree needed for that, however I would like to use my degree as a "back-up" if this whole police thing doesn't quite work out. What do you guys think I should do?
Hiya

i would like to advise you to follow your heart. I did not do that, I took a profession which I thought was a good solid profession which would help improve my self esteem. After 23 years in that profession I have a nice home to live in but I’ve never been happy at work and I don’t fit in because my personality is different .

now I’m retraining and following my heart. Life is so much easier, even though I’m financially poorer. I’ve never been so happy

I wish you very much luck and success

Jules
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