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I'm thinking about going into Chemistry at University, I'm in year 12 and I currently really enjoy it. However, I don't really want to work in Chemistry field when I'm older (which sounds silly to go into a degree and not work in it after) but I just don't have many other options. Is it worth going into it?
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There are a wide variety of 'Chemistry' degrees and associated subjects, so look around on various Uni websites to make sure you understand what degree level Chem is all about and what a wide field it is..
Nottingham - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chemist...ottingham.aspx
Bristol - http://www.bris.ac.uk/chemistry/courses/undergraduate/
Sheffield - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistry/undergraduate
Brunel - https://www.brunel.ac.uk/chemical-engineering
Leicester - https://le.ac.uk/courses/pharmaceuti...istry-bsc/2021

Lots of graduates end up in areas unconnected with their degree - many grad job ads include phrases like 'degree, any subject'.
There is a wide range of careers even connected to the subject : https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...gree/chemistry. If you dont see your future in Chemistry at all - what other ideas do you have?
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There are a wide variety of 'Chemistry' degrees and associated subjects, so look around on various Uni websites to make sure you understand what degree level Chem is all about and what a wide field it is..
Nottingham - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chemist...ottingham.aspx
Bristol - http://www.bris.ac.uk/chemistry/courses/undergraduate/
Sheffield - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistry/undergraduate
Brunel - https://www.brunel.ac.uk/chemical-engineering
Leicester - https://le.ac.uk/courses/pharmaceuti...istry-bsc/2021

Lots of graduates end up in areas unconnected with their degree - many grad job ads include phrases like 'degree, any subject'.
There is a wide range of careers even connected to the subject : https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...gree/chemistry. If you dont see your future in Chemistry at all - what other ideas do you have
Thank you so so much this is so helpful. Originally I wanted to apply to medicine, I still could I just don't want to have to prioritise the UKAT or BMAT during Y13 and I slowly started realising it isn't exactly for me. I want to perhaps go into teaching and as I love chemistry I decided to settle onto that for uni but my mind keeps on changing every minute on what I want to do
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Hopefully, 'real-life' University Open Days will be back soon - and you should go and listen to the 'subject presentations' for whatever courses you are interested in. This will show you what Chem degrees are actually about and what is special/different about that Uni's courses.

There are also heaps of 'Bio' courses that might interest you - Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Science, plus all the 'Allied Health' careers : https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...th-professions
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Hopefully, 'real-life' University Open Days will be back soon - and you should go and listen to the 'subject presentations' for whatever courses you are interested in. This will show you what Chem degrees are actually about and what is special/different about that Uni's courses.

There are also heaps of 'Bio' courses that might interest you - Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Science, plus all the 'Allied Health' careers : https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...th-professions
Ah thank you so much! I was looking into those last night and a few of them really interest me, issue is how employable are they? Sciences alone are vocational subjects if they aren't engineering/dentistry/medicine that usually lead to direct employment
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Thank you so so much this is so helpful. Originally I wanted to apply to medicine, I still could I just don't want to have to prioritise the UKAT or BMAT during Y13 and I slowly started realising it isn't exactly for me. I want to perhaps go into teaching and as I love chemistry I decided to settle onto that for uni but my mind keeps on changing every minute on what I want to do
I was in the same boat, wanted to do medicine and ended up in chemistry. It sounds weird to do chem without wanting to go I to chemistry as a career but I would say that over 50% of the people on my course are all looking at employment opportunities outside of chemistry. A lot of people end up in various business roles/finance/consulting - just a really good degree to keep as many doors open as possible
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I was in the same boat, wanted to do medicine and ended up in chemistry. It sounds weird to do chem without wanting to go I to chemistry as a career but I would say that over 50% of the people on my course are all looking at employment opportunities outside of chemistry. A lot of people end up in various business roles/finance/consulting - just a really good degree to keep as many doors open as possible
That's very inspiring!! thank you I love chemistry as a subject however, i'm not really that interested in research. Might go into teaching afterwards, would love being a chem teacher! what did you go into or want to go into after you graduate?!
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I'm thinking about going into Chemistry at University, I'm in year 12 and I currently really enjoy it. However, I don't really want to work in Chemistry field when I'm older (which sounds silly to go into a degree and not work in it after) but I just don't have many other options. Is it worth going into it?
Hi hss_2004,

It's good to hear you're thinking about doing chemistry at uni because you enjoy it! It's really important to do a degree you enjoy. I wanted to study medicine until the last minute where I decided I didn't want to be a doctor anymore, I had no idea what I wanted to do but I really enjoyed chemistry at A-Level so I applied to study it at uni. I'm really glad I did, probably the best decision I ever made!

Chemistry is an excellent degree (although I might be slightly bias lol) as it trains you in lots of professional skills that are completely transferable to other professions such as time management, communication, presentation skills etc. I think that employers also recognise that a chemistry degree isn't for the faint hearted! So they know that people with a chemistry degree must be resilient, intelligent and determined (among other things) which are good traits of an employee in many different professions.

You definitely don't need to know what you're going to do after uni before you apply, there will be lots of opportunities to learn about different careers you can get into with a chemistry degree. For example the chemistry society at Southampton often put on events where they invite alumni to talk about what they've done since graduating, I'm sure lots of other uni's do this as well. This is a useful webpage about different careers you can go into after a chemistry degree https://www.southampton.ac.uk/chemis...ry-degree.page.

I had no idea what I wanted to do after my degree until my 4th year, throughout the 4 years I was constantly changing my mind on what I wanted to do! I never felt like my future career options were restricted due to my degree choice, I actually felt the opposite due to all the skills I have gained during my degree.

I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to ask any further questions

Molly
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Chemistry PhD student
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That's very inspiring!! thank you I love chemistry as a subject however, i'm not really that interested in research. Might go into teaching afterwards, would love being a chem teacher! what did you go into or want to go into after you graduate?!
teaching is really well catered for too, I think there's specific courses on mine where you can get work experience going to schools to teach chemistry once a week or so and modules that cover teaching chemistry as a career! I'm looking to go into renewable energy market consulting, so mixing chemistry with business. With the job market currently being so competitive it definitely helps to be specialised in some way that gives you an edge over candidates.
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