Was your degree a waste of time?
Did you breathe a sigh of relief when you took your final university exam?
Did handing in your dissertation feel like a huge weight off your shoulders?
Whether you expected it or not, university is hard work. However, when all the work is done some students and graduates question whether it was worth the hassle. So, was your degree a waste of time?
Do you regret your degree choice?
Let’s face it, when you chose your university and degree subject you were probably still figuring out who you are. So, to ask someone so young to decide what they want to do for the rest of their life is a tall ask.
For some, things work out perfectly; they go to uni, finish their degree and follow one path their whole life.
For others, it’s a different story, and guess what? That’s OK!
You may have gone to university with one career in mind but things do change.
Figuring out what career path is right for you can take time. Don’t panic if you’re still unsure, ideas can come out of nowhere, or require a little patience. The best thing to do is to get yourself some experience that suits who you are professionally.
If you’re not sure where to start, bear these things in mind:
- Your strengths
– Have a long, hard think about what sort of things you’re good at. Are you a great negotiator? Are you super organised? Do you excel at analytical tasks? Then, it’s a case of finding job roles that require you to use these skills and giving them a go!
- Your passions
– It’s a lot easier getting up in the morning if you genuinely like what you do. What are you passionate about? Think about what sort of roles and industries you could realistically work within and try to get your foot in the door. Or if you need to re-train or undertake further study, so be it.
- Your personality
– Different jobs suit different people. There’s no point applying to work in an office that is predominantly silent if you’re a chatterbox.
If you turn out to be one of the many students who leave university knowing that you don’t want to work in a field related to your chosen degree subject, all is not lost.
It would be tempting to think that all of the hard work had been for nothing, but this couldn’t be further from the truth!
What have you gained from university?
Whether you know it or not, university taught you much more than what was on the syllabus. Think about it, you had to use a number of different skills and you learned how to take control of your own life!
Completing a degree develops and demonstrates a range of skills that employers want to see in their new recruits.
This is one of the reasons why so many companies want to recruit top graduate talent.
These are just some of the things that university teaches you:
- Organisation skills
- The ability to work independently
- Research skills
- How to communicate effectively with different types of people
- Effective time management
- How to process large volumes of information
- The ability to think critically and/or analytically
See, all of the group work, essays and presentations were worth it in the end! These attributes, amongst the numerous others acquired during your studies, boost your employability ten-fold.
Such skills are transferable into the workplace, so will stand you in good stead when job hunting.
With all of this in mind, was your degree a waste of time? I don’t think so!