Help! I think I’m studying the wrong degree.
Choosing a degree is a fickle thing. You’re bombarded with a range of study options, a diverse selection of course paths (each different per University), and the BIG one – what major/minor/double degree combination do you want to finish with?
If you’ve found yourself questioning your choice of degree – and I don’t mean the classic “why am I even studying this” that we all ask now and again – then you have a few options.
One // Go back to basics.
At generationYOU we talk a lot about passion. Why? Because it’s one of the most important factors when it comes to your career, and is therefore something that 100% needs to be considered if you are thinking of switching degrees.
Ask yourself: does my current degree align with my passion?
There is not much point continuing to study a health/science degree, if you spend your lectures daydreaming about travelling to exotic countries and building skyscrapers.
The above example might sound extreme but it could also be true for some of you. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself.
Two // Opt for some practical experience in your field.
If you learn by doing, it’s probably frustrating to be cooped up in university halls learning about theories and how to apply them rather than getting hands-on experience.
Before you go throwing away all your hard work, all-nighters, and let’s face it – your money – start looking for internships and volunteer positions in your industry.
You may find that the excitement you’re missing from your degree is in some hands-on experience. Yes, it can be challenging juggling extra work on top of your schedule, but if the positives outweigh the negatives, isn’t it worth it?
Three // Have a break.
Speaking from experience … I know what it’s like to graduate from high school, start university and feel like you’re failing hard and fast.
In fact, I only lasted 6 months at university when I first started. I deferred and returned when I was refreshed and reach to tackle the same degree.
When I look back at my study and career path, I’m thankful I cut myself some slack, ignored what my peers were doing and focused on what I needed.
In fact, the break I had is probably how I managed to follow-through with my degree to the end.
Four // Talk to someone.
This is probably the most important point in this article. Talking to someone about how you’re feeling, whether it’s your parents, peers, careers advisor or industry professional will help you.
Everyone will have a different perspective on university, studying and careers … their answers might actually help you make your decision. Remember – at the end of the day it’s your ultimate choice.
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