The choice which will determine my career. (in Off-topic)

Gandalf January 3 2012 3:51 PM EST

For those who never knew why i left CB it was mainly down to my education, i thought it time to properly knuckle down, which i did. I got into the university which i wanted to, and chose to do pure mathematics in which i immediately regretted doing so.

I was shocked to sit in lectures and lectures and lectures, barely seeing a number... Which i naively thought maths was all about, well i was wrong. All in all im not as clever as i and the ones around me thought.

So im now considering quitting university as for one i can't see myself passing the course and if i did it would be a 2:2 more than likely which is pointless and unlikely to attract big positions in the future. I also don't like the subject at all anymore, which makes it even harder to revise and even turn up for anymore. (which isn't like me)

My alternative is to go full time at Sainsburys in which i have worked there for just over a year, i know i could easily go up the ladder in time, however the money curve is quite steep and i wouldn't be on a respectable wage for a good 10-15 years.

I'd like your thoughts, thanks. :)

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] January 3 2012 3:55 PM EST


QBJohnnywas January 3 2012 4:18 PM EST

Stick with the degree, perhaps switch subjects if this is possible. Even a 2:2 under your belt is going to be better for you than no degree at all. Even going into retail your chances of ending up higher up the ladder with a degree are much greater than without.

Trust me, I never went to University, and for a long time I had to work twice as hard as other people who did just to get considered for positions. Now I have degree and more work experience than my peers but it's taken me a long long time. And there are still graduates in my industry going in at quite a high level without work experience.

Gandalf January 3 2012 4:25 PM EST

I have to admit its not just the degree what im finding hard, I don't like the people im living with, i miss my family and my girlfriend and stuff.

I see where your coming from, however i wouldn't know what to change too, obviously there are courses out there with maths related but i just don't know if im motivated enough with all the book reading anymore, it seems i've spent most of my life doing it, getting a little dull and i just want to earn money.

I figure im going to see how i do in the exams (2 weeks time). I'm just depressed all the time when i'm there and the course is 60% because of this. Everyone keeps saying you can't do something you don't enjoy..

QBJohnnywas January 3 2012 4:29 PM EST

Is there a counsellor where you are? Somebody to give you advice? Can you take some time off from your degree? Perhaps put it off for a year or something? However much you dislike it now you will regret it later on, I promise you.

But you should talk to somebody at the Uni about what your choices are.

Gandalf January 3 2012 4:30 PM EST

I'll have to find someone i guess, there is people.

I'm also going to talk to the managers at Sainsburys and ask what degrees will make me get a higher position quicker.. like a management degree or something.

QBRanger January 3 2012 4:34 PM EST

Always get an education when you can. It is something that can never be taken away and in the future, it will come in handy.

Perhaps the problem is the subject you decided to major in. Perhaps engineering or medicine would be better suited to your likes.

Gandalf January 3 2012 4:36 PM EST

Engineering maybes, however I'm poor at the sciences im afraid to say.

QBRanger January 3 2012 4:46 PM EST

Well engineering uses the sciences quite a lot I am sorry to say.

There are plenty of other fields you can get a degree in. Just because you did not like your math classes should not prevent you from finding the right now.

Typically, college students change their major 2-3 times on average, before they find one they are comfortable in.

Lord Bob January 3 2012 5:38 PM EST

This, and all of this.

Demigod January 3 2012 5:46 PM EST

However much you dislike it now you will regret it later on, I promise you.

This. Any degree is better than no degree, but the notion of talking with managers for advice is excellent -- it means you'll have contacts for internships down the road, and that's more than just a foot in the door.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] January 3 2012 8:34 PM EST

i was thinking engineering, there are many different types but structural or similar would be more math as opposed to chemical or such.

do some research online regarding different types of engineering majors and i bet you will find one ya like! ; )

Adminedyit [Superheros] January 5 2012 7:30 AM EST

Don't Quit!!!

can't stress that enough.

you might not like it now but it will be worth it in the long run.

Gandalf January 5 2012 7:33 AM EST

Taken everyones advice very seriously and I'm going to give it my best shot to pass this course.

Talked to my managers at work and if i pass this degree i can stroll right into level 4 which would take like 10 years if i quit uni.

Thanks for the advice guys, knew i could rely on you all!

IPoop January 5 2012 7:25 PM EST

Like the other have said 'Stick it out'.
One of my friends trained and became a doctor yet another went to uni and ended up switching courses 3 times (went to study farm management and some how ended up doing journalism and now works for the beeb).

Join one or more of the social groups - there must be a hobby you fancy learning (i know Bristol and the other coastal Uni's have kitesurfing groups etc which would be pretty to cool to learn).

Apart from Sainbury's have you any idea what sort of job you want at the end of uni.
Maths based jobs covers a huge range. You know what sort of maths you like, find out what jobs/career you want, it might mean you have to take on a second course or something.

and finally sorry to break this to you but lots (an understatement) of people arent lucky enough to have a job the enjoy so if thats all thats important you might as well quit the idea of a house and go and join the perverbial circus (and not all jobs there would be fun anyway).

best of luck to you, everything is a just a learning curve in long life so dont worry to much ... you have another 60 years to work on the wrinkles

IPoop January 5 2012 7:25 PM EST

loving the pic btw!
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