What comes next?
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After coming to university, it will become clear that one of the most commonly asked questions from parents, relatives and older friends is ‘so what do you want to do after you leave’? Whilst many students will have had this answer prepared for years, for others it is not as simple. Dealing with living away from home, attending lectures and avoiding overdrafts are the first things on an eighteen year olds mind, not what their path for the next twenty years will be, but this is an ever-growing issue that creeps up on students when they least expect it – when they feel they are just starting out! Whilst some courses are easy to expand in and provide a wide range of career options, such as Business Management and English Literature, others are more industry based and selective, such as Law or Medicine. Law students have to start applying for their training contracts at the end of the second year; crucial to the path of any lawyer but an undeniably massive decision. The automatic pressure to have planned a future and to be working towards something is implied at university and having to pick modules throughout the course can make it feel as though you are specifying in a job you do not even have. When a student can choose to do a module in Spanish with an Economics course, how can it be expected of them to have a clear focus on their future? So are life paths determined by what course at university we pick? Some, of course, have known what they want to do since they were young; mini-barristers and mini-writers growing up with their goals never faltering. Many have switched back and forth or are just clueless. They aren’t alone but can take comfort in the fact that a recent statistic showed that a whopping 75% of students do not use their degree in their graduate job.
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