Why I Chose to go Back to University

Today’s post is all about university, so I’m sorry if it’s a bit boring! πŸ˜› 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.

IMG_9158I 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.Photo 01-07-2017, 12 55 03

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 πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “Why I Chose to go Back to University

  1. Thanks for sharing Hannah! I felt the same way after graduating with my music degree. I had no idea what to do with it. I was lucky enough to get temping jobs for a year and do some travel, but eventually I wanted to go back and study again. Good luck with your Masters! πŸ™‚

  2. It’s so difficult nowadays, no one really seems to do what to do with themselves, and there is little direction ever given. I originally thought I wanted to go straight onto my PhD, so I did all three of my degrees in six years- tough to find a job after that… I think that our generation needs to be flexible but realistic in our prospects. Some people go onto graduate work in random programs because they think it’s what will help them get a job- you have chosen a field that you love, and that is absolutely key!! It’s difficult to try and tackle postgrad life if you stop to think about it haha. Great post!!

    • One of my flatmates has people on his course who are just doing a Masters for the hell of it because the uni offered it to them for Β£1000 or something. I mean OK if it’s what you want to do, but I would’t put myself through postgraduate study just for the hell of it if I wasn’t at all interested!

      • It’s something they do here. So had I stayed in Newcastle to do my Masters I would have got a 20% discount off tuition fees. But here at Swansea apparently if you get a first or a 2:1 at undergrad (having studied at Swansea) you get loads of money off the tuition fees, with more money off the better your undergrad grade. Good concept, but bad idea because people just fall into the trap of going straight on to a masters. I think the course my flatmate is doing is something politics related.

  3. Good luck with your studies!!

    I sort of did the opposite. There was a job in Japan that I heard about before I even started my degree so I aimed for that. I wanted it sooo much, but didn’t really think they’d ever choose me. I did get it in the end (yaaay) but then I had no idea what to do two years later once I had to look for my next job. I honestly think it’s brilliant to stop for a while and work out what you want to do. Your way makes sense. πŸ™‚

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