With some things, hindsight really is 20/20. Today, our post comes from Heather, who has two absolutely amazing blogs: a beauty blog for all your make up needs and a vegetarian food blog which makes me very hungry to read. She’s been reflecting on her university experience and has these thoughts for you.
“I graduated from university almost four years ago now with a first class BSc Hons degree in psychological studies from the University of Huddersfield and I personally adored my time at university…well, I didn’t enjoy presentations in front of everyone but the rest was pretty amazing!
I was based at a very small campus which is part of the University of Huddersfield so I could live at home as it was a short drive for me and there was no student housing anyway. I chose ‘psychological studies’ as I studied psychology at A Level and it was the subject that I was most interested in and that I succeeded in the most, if I do say so myself.
My course didn’t just cover all aspects of psychology but it also looked into child development, forensic psychology (which I loved!), statistics, health psychology, counselling and criminology so I loved all of it – I wish I could go back in time and re-live it all (again, apart from the nerve wracking class presentations which I always hated so much). I’m also one of those people who loves writing essays, I don’t know why but I love it!
However, as much as I adore psychology and academia (and I definitely still do), now I’m not so sure about my choice of degree as I don’t think I want to pursue a career in psychology as I’m now much more interested in writing, social media, marketing and PR as well as history and photography and I wish I’d maybe looked into other courses rather than solely focusing on psychology and nothing else.
I do love psychology and the sciences in general as I always have done even from a very young age but now I’m torn between having a degree which I’m so proud of (I gained the highest grade in the past three years of the course being open) but that I can’t do much with it although it still does look impressive on my CV, in my opinion and I did gain a lot of transferable abilities and skills from it that can be applied elsewhere.
With hindsight I wouldn’t just narrow down my focus to psychology as it’s such an incredibly competitive field that requires more training and qualifications afterwards; I wish I could go back and look at other topics that really interest me such as photography and history – I’d LOVE to have a history degree and be a history nerd for the rest of my life or to be a qualified photographer but I think it’s a little late for that and it costs so much money although I’m still looking into courses that I can take part in.
I think the biggest piece of advice I’d give to someone who is applying for university is to look at all of your options and don’t narrow down your search; look into topics and degrees that you not only love but that you could have a career with afterwards. Also look at whether you’ll need further qualifications or training to gain a job in that field.”
Thank you very much to Heather for a fantastically written reflection on her degree and how far it can get her. Choosing a degree is a difficult decision so if you’re in the process of choosing, hopefully Heather’s post gave you some things to think about.
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