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When You Question Your Own Degree Choice

Graduates can often find themselves questioning their own choice of degree course that they have chosen and this can be more apparent at times when the job market feels daunting and full of uncertainty. However, it is important to realise that a degree is merely the beginning of your long professional journey and it does not define the future of your success.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
July 4, 2024

Graduates can often find themselves questioning their own choice of degree course that they have chosen and this can be more apparent at times when the job market feels daunting and full of uncertainty. However, it is important to realise that a degree is merely the beginning of your long professional journey and it does not define the future of your success.

Many students at university will embark on a degree course with a sense of excitement, curiosity and a sense of achievement and can often be driven by a desire to excel, perhaps based on previous experiences or passions, strengths and interests. Sometimes though, expectations do not always align with reality but what you are constantly learning along the way as you question your choices and navigate through challenges and setbacks are invaluable life lessons in personal growth.

Career paths are rarely straightforward and sometimes it may be the case that you veer off the original academic path onto something completely new, in your quest for realising your true calling. So, you do need to remain adaptable and open to change with a willingness to explore new opportunities as they appear.

Each degree and experience will contribute towards your own personal and professional skill set. A background in one subject may seem totally unrelated to the job you choose after graduating but the varied and diverse set of  skills you acquire may be highly transferable and sought after. Being able to identify and recognise these skills can open doors in seemingly unrelated fields.

It can not be stressed enough how mentorship for students and graduates can help to provide valuable insights and continued support and can also help to identify where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Mentors offer guidance and can help you expand your professional network which can be really useful when transitioning careers.

Feelings of regret over your choice of degree is not uncommon but it is important to remain positive, confident, determined and persistent. Despite having doubts, focus on building up your professional experience and refine your career goals and aspirations.

Ultimately, any career success is shaped by continuous learning and adaptability and by allowing your career to evolve, shaped by different experiences, both personal and professional. By taking time to research what it is you want to achieve and by putting consistent effort into networking, you will be able to discover a fulfilling career path that fully aligns with your passions and your values.

Questioning your choice of degree does not mean that you are destined for an unfulfilling career at all! Embrace the journey, remain adaptable and focus on the skills and experiences that will guide you towards your true profession. Every step, whether it is expected or not, is a valuable part of your unique career story.

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