Apprenticeship or degree ?Watch
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So, I’m a first year A level student studying English lit, maths and history, predicted AAA*, and I’m really stuck on what to do post 18. My teachers have been pushing my to apply to oxbridge for English literature, as I’m pretty good and it, and I DO really enjoy the subject. However, I don’t really have a clear idea of what I would want to do with it (something creative-y???) and my mum tells me it’s a useless degree ): . She’d much rather I did an apprenticeship or a a more specialist, skilled oriented degree (like law or something). There’s a BBC journalism apprenticeship that looks really interesting, though just as selective as applying to oxbridge. You get paid (quite handsomely) and get some good experience in the industry. I know that both of the courses are VERY selective, but if I were to push myself towards one, which sounds “better” (career wise, experience etc). Teachers at school are pushing me towards an oxbridge degree, and my mum ( who is also a teacher) is pushing me towards the apprenticeship.
So I study English Literature at University. I made this decision over choosing an apprenticeship because of a few reasons:
1) I love my subject. Fairly obvious but you need to think do you have the drive to do this subject for 3 more years and give a lot of your time to it?
2) I wanted to have the student experience. I go to University in a different country that is 6 hours away from where I live. It has given me the opportunity to live independently, make a lot of new friends, and it's crazy how much university has changed me for the better! I have so much more confidence!
3) I have no specific career in mind yet and the apprenticeships never really caught my attention like going to University did. I am not saying it is a bad option, it just was not for me!
As for English Literature being a useless degree? Totally not! I used to panic all the time about doing English Literature at Uni because you do get people making snide comments here and there and it took me a while to see they were wrong. English Literature is a degree that is highly regarded (especially with a good mark from a good University like Oxford). You would be surprised how many English Literature graduates go on to be accountants and lawyers etc as well. If you end up wanting to pursue law, for example, there are law conversion courses after your degree which love taking English graduates on because we demonstrate skills that are heavily applicable to law.
You can also go out and get some work experience in the summer whilst doing your degree in a field you are interested in to make your CV even better.
Obviously I have been biased here haha but you could even apply for both and see what happens.
Lastly, are either of these options what you want? You talk about what your teachers and your mum want you to do and their ideas for you but at the end of the day it is you that is going to be living it!
I hope this helps and obviously if you have any more questions about doing an English Lit degree/student life then I will be happy to answer them xx