If you read my last blog post ‘A Change Of Heart : From Journalism to Public Relations’ you will know that I am about four months away from graduating with a Music Journalism Degree. I will admit I did rush into choosing my degree and although I don’t regret my decision, I do wish I had followed some of these steps:
1.Do your research
Looking at the University website’s course details isn’t enough. You should look into the industry you’re interested in working in too. For example if you’re interested in doing a Public Relations course, visit PR Week, read books, visit prospects.co.uk to look at job roles, skills and challenges. This will help you to decide if you’re the right person for this industry.
2. Speak to people who are in that industry/ on the course you’re interested in
Getting advice from people who have been through it helps massively, some universities (like mine, Southampton Solent) do phone-ins where you can talk to students currently on the course you’re interested in. They can give you a real-life walk through of how the course will be, which should help to decide if it’s for you.
3. If you want to do a degree in Advertising, look into all the Communications degrees, and so on…
All degrees fall under certain job sectors, in communications we have Marketing, Journalism, PR, Advertising etc. You may have thought you wanted to do Advertising but after looking into other communications courses, you found yourself more suited to Marketing. This the same for all university courses, you may want to study nursing, then after a further look into the Healthcare sector, find yourself more suited to a Paramedic Science degree.
4. If your dream degree sounds really difficult, don’t let it put you off
University isn’t meant to be easy, it is supposed to be a big jump from college or school, the whole point of university is to challenge yourself and to learn, I say go for it.
5. Don’t let grade requirements put you off applying for a certain course either
If the course you’re interested in is asking for a number of UCAS points that you think you’ll struggle to achieve, don’t let that scare you. At the end of the day universities want students, in fact they need them. It has been known that many students get into their top choice university without reaching the exact UCAS requirements, sometimes universities are interested in more than just points.