Today’s post is all about university, so I’m sorry if it’s a bit boring! 😛 So I’m going to tell you today why I decided to go back to university to do a postgraduate degree.
When I graduated in 2015 I was foolish to believe that I’d fall in to a job in my field. So many of my friends were staying in Newcastle, some having found jobs and some going straight on to do a masters.
I didn’t have the luxury of being able to afford to go straight in to a masters, nor did I really want to. I’d had more than enough studying and doing exams. I also wanted to move home. I personally think that renting is dead money so I had to move home to find a job and be able to save up for things. Luckily my parents weren’t anti me moving home, and I did at least do 90% of the cooking and all of the food shopping for them during the year I was home!
Anyway, I was applying for jobs in the science sector, most of which were in London. I stood no chance. In fact, of the 14 jobs I applied for before even getting a job, I had an interview for one.
September came around and I was getting fed up of being at home, my parents were nagging me to find a job. I decided to start applying for teaching assistant positions at primary schools, and eventually I got one. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part I enjoyed my job, it was incredibly rewarding, but I didn’t want to get stuck in a job like that forever. I hadn’t done my degree for nothing.
I worked out that through the year if I set aside 2/3 of my pay each month and took out the postgraduate student loan I could go back to university. So I started looking for a course that was relevant to what I wanted to do in the future.
My undergraduate degree in Marine Zoology was too specialised. I knew I didn’t stand much chance for any terrestrial based jobs, so I decided my best option was to take a degree which would broaden me out into the terrestrial environment too. I hope that by doing this course I’ll be able to enhance my prospects of finding a job at the end of this!
So that’s my little story about why I came back to uni! I do not regret having a year out between undergraduate and postgraduate and I really would encourage it for many people before falling straight in to a masters.
I hope today’s post wasn’t too boring! See you all again soon 🙂