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    Hey, Im currently going through the whole UCAS application but i have been told not to do the accounting and finance degree that i was thinking about and go for a general degree instead. Now i dont know what to do and i was wondering if any of you could help me out. I would be very greatful for any information on either of the degree and your opinions on what you think.

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    Ps - I have decided that i want to study at Swansea University and as a career i want to become a Chartered Accountant
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    I'd agree to do a more general degree. It's sad that 75% of graduates end up with a career unrelated to their degree because they're sick and tired of it after 3 years! A more general degree will definitely give you the option of flexibility.

    Are there any unis which do a combination of both?
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    Accounting and Finance is a decent degree. It prepares you in advance for a career in accountancy. Whoever told you to go for a 'general degree instead' should consider other specialist, vocational degrees for instance medicine, dentistry, law, the different branches of engineering etc. In all essence, I personally would discourage traditional general degrees for instance history and geography, simply due to the knowledge based economy - more and more employers are seeking for fresh graduates with the necessary presumed knowledge for the job market.

    Besides, the general consensus is that a degree in accounting is regarded equivalent in prestige to a management degree. They're very similar anyway. Both consist of modules in organization and finance. As a result: virtually all business and accounting courses exempt prospective accountants from chartered examinations.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    I'd agree to do a more general degree. It's sad that 75% of graduates end up with a career unrelated to their degree because they're sick and tired of it after 3 years! A more general degree will definitely give you the option of flexibility.

    Are there any unis which do a combination of both?
    I'm not sure, i am in the middle of my research and so far i haven't found any. i live in Swansea and was hoping to stay quiet local and i know that in the first year there, no matter what you do, if it is connected to the school of business, then the first year is the same.

    And the person who told me to go for a more general degree was actually my accounts teacher!!
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    (Original post by xxxadelexxx)
    I'm not sure, i am in the middle of my research and so far i haven't found any. i live in Swansea and was hoping to stay quiet local and i know that in the first year there, no matter what you do, if it is connected to the school of business, then the first year is the same.

    And the person who told me to go for a more general degree was actually my accounts teacher!!
    It may be worth giving Swansea a quick call to see if you can do a combined honours programme, or a major/minor course.

    If the first year is the same, you'll likely be able to change your mind at the end of the first year when you have more of a taste for what the course and uni is like.

    Good luck!
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    I'll find a number and give them a ring.

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    is a business degree completely useless especially at kingston university because it doesnt technically lead you to career because the careers dont require a degree.
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    A business degree isn't useless, no, otherwise no-one would do them. :P

    It only doesn't lead to a career if you are an entrepreneur type who's going to start their own business anyway - a degree is a degree, and lots of corporations take on business graduates.
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    (Original post by Juustuburger)
    A business degree isn't useless, no, otherwise no-one would do them. :P

    It only doesn't lead to a career if you are an entrepreneur type who's going to start their own business anyway - a degree is a degree, and lots of corporations take on business graduates.
    True. I still advise on accounting & finance though - it prepares you better for becoming a chartered accountant than what a management degree offers.

    Also, law > management.
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    (Original post by Pillar of Autumn)
    True. I still advise on accounting & finance though - it prepares you better for becoming a chartered accountant than what a management degree offers.

    Also, law > management.
    Well yeah, doing an accountancy-related degree logically prepares you better for going into an accountancy-related job. Finance is the boring aspect of business/management to me, mind, but that's my personal view.

    As for Law, well, it all depends on what you do with the degree - I think most graduates in them go into very similiar kinds of things anyway.
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    (Original post by Juustuburger)
    Well yeah, doing an accountancy-related degree logically prepares you better for going into an accountancy-related job. Finance is the boring aspect of business/management to me, mind, but that's my personal view.

    As for Law, well, it all depends on what you do with the degree - I think most graduates in them go into very similiar kinds of things anyway.
    The OP has already stated that his ambition is chartered accountancy.

    As for management, it is generally regarded as a mickey-mouse course. Law is very respected.
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    (Original post by Pillar of Autumn)
    The OP has already stated that his ambition is chartered accountancy.

    As for management, it is generally regarded as a mickey-mouse course. Law is very respected.
    Generally regarded where? Most of the time I've seen it as not being an Economics or anything, but there's no way you can group it in with Media Studies and Golf Course Management.

    It's surely only "mickey mouse" if you do it somewhere rubbish.

    Both Law and Management have similiarities, which you may or may not like to believe. Yes, they're different courses, but if you look at the employment statistics:

    Commercial, Industrial and Public Sector Managers
    Business: 21.1% - Law: 11.4%

    Legal Professionals
    Business: 0.3% - Law: 15.8%

    Other Clerical and Secretarial Occupations
    Business: 16.3% - Law: 21.9%

    Retail, Catering, Waiting and Bar Staff
    Business: 8.5% - Law: 12.0%

    Education Professionals
    Business: 1.0% - Law: 1.7%

    Marketing, Sales and Advertising Professionals
    Business: 10.7% - Law: 3.8%

    Business and Financial Professionals and Associate Professionals
    Business: 16.5% - Law: 8.4%

    Besides from the self-explanatory differences in the legal sector, I don't think the employment info there suggests either course is "mickey mouse". If anything, it suggests Law is as more are working in "Retail", but I know that's not true.

    It's true, however, that if you do Management at a Uni ranked about 80th, it's not going to be as valuable as a Law degree at the same place. If you do either somewhere like Manchester (I pick it as a good but not top 10 University, not because it's a choice of mine), then you're going to have pretty good prospects either way.
 
 
 
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