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What should one do with one's Political Science and Sociology Degree?


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So basically, I'm an directionless fool. I went to college, didn't know what I wanted to do, and because it was in Ireland and not somewhere else I didn't really get a chance to try lots of things. My parents managed to coerce the 17 year old me into Business Studies (BESS for those who know and would like to laugh at me). I thought that was fair enough because I didn't really know much about myself and thought it might be nice to get a job one day. After a couple of months of that, I quickly went to the appropriate people in college and found out that I could change to a joint honours Political Science and Sociology degree without having to a stay another year because I already had an introductory course in each of those fields.

 

That went slightly more swimmingly but it still wasn't something which held my interest, so like the good human I am, I skipped classes, got drunk and maintained a 2.2 or 2.1 in most of my classes. Then I finished 3rd year, and wanted to leave because at TCD the first three years entitle you to a pass degree, which is the equivalent of a B.A. That fourth year is only to put the (Hon) after the second dot. I made this decision without contacting my parents because I was sure that they would understand.

 

After being murdered, I agreed to retroactively "go off books" with a view to coming back this past October to start 4th year. Sometime around March I f***ed up in one class. I didn't hand in a paper that I had done because I went to the office and found out an extension had been granted to the whole class. Pretending I was someone I'm not, I thought I might improve the paper a bit, went and forgot about it until after that module was over. When my girlfriend months later asked me if I handed in that paper, I basically dropped out of college again. Since the paper was worth 50% of my year, and after much pleading the lecturer still refused to accept it I just gave up and stopped going to all my other classes, even those this time around I was carrying 2.1s and a first.

 

I left college, requested my pass degree and moved backed to the states where I grew up and where my girlfriend who is from VA would like to do a landscape architecture class. I've looked into graduate school over here, and it's all far too expensive for someone who is already working off debts. For what it's worth I was most intrigued by some of the information science things I saw, although I don't really have any undergraduate background in it. Seeing as I have almost no interest in following up in the fields of Political Science or Sociology, I was thinking about the only graduate degree I'm 'qualified' for is something in journalism but I've never really written anything except for the music section of the college paper and that seems to be a requirement for entrance. Oh, and my parents are friends with a senior partner at Deloitte Touche and have tried to get me to apply there, but I'm not a souless douchebag with a degree in accounting or finance, so it's not much of an option. One thing I'm currently leaning towards is air traffic controller but there are no current spots to apply for.

 

I've been working at a reasonable paying, low demand job that I'd rather not stick with forever (I'm a porter in a residential building in Manhattan, after taxes, it's about $12 an hour). Besides the colleges my girlfriend applied to are in Blacksburg, VA and Syracuse, NY. Seeing as how I'm currently getting unsolicited advise from my family, my neighbours, all my friends, people who think they're my friends, every d****ead I ever went to school with and all the pompous f*****s in the building where I work I thought I might solicit some advice.

 

If nothing else, this thread might yield a few choice lines from some of the wits, and I'm understandably bored.

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Obviously, apart from your subject area, you are now professionally equipped with research skills which if your degree is respected, can open several doors in various areas like the BBC, Museums, collections, Political parties and lobbies, universities...but a basic degree rather than a higher degree is your foot in the door - it's not the end in itself - it can get you in at a lower level. You are likely in progression terms to need a higher degree at some point, an MA, MSc etc - maybe even a PhD dependent on what your chosen field eventually is.

 

You can see your degree as your 'letter of introduction' to professionalism - after which it's up to you. Good luck mate.

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So basically, I'm an directionless fool. I went to college, didn't know what I wanted to do, and because it was in Ireland and not somewhere else I didn't really get a chance to try lots of things. My parents managed to coerce the 17 year old me into Business Studies (BESS for those who know and would like to laugh at me). I thought that was fair enough because I didn't really know much about myself and thought it might be nice to get a job one day. After a couple of months of that, I quickly went to the appropriate people in college and found out that I could change to a joint honours Political Science and Sociology degree without having to a stay another year because I already had an introductory course in each of those fields.

 

That went slightly more swimmingly but it still wasn't something which held my interest, so like the good human I am, I skipped classes, got drunk and maintained a 2.2 or 2.1 in most of my classes. Then I finished 3rd year, and wanted to leave because at TCD the first three years entitle you to a pass degree, which is the equivalent of a B.A. That fourth year is only to put the (Hon) after the second dot. I made this decision without contacting my parents because I was sure that they would understand.

 

After being murdered, I agreed to retroactively "go off books" with a view to coming back this past October to start 4th year. Sometime around March I f***ed up in one class. I didn't hand in a paper that I had done because I went to the office and found out an extension had been granted to the whole class. Pretending I was someone I'm not, I thought I might improve the paper a bit, went and forgot about it until after that module was over. When my girlfriend months later asked me if I handed in that paper, I basically dropped out of college again. Since the paper was worth 50% of my year, and after much pleading the lecturer still refused to accept it I just gave up and stopped going to all my other classes, even those this time around I was carrying 2.1s and a first.

 

I left college, requested my pass degree and moved backed to the states where I grew up and where my girlfriend who is from VA would like to do a landscape architecture class. I've looked into graduate school over here, and it's all far too expensive for someone who is already working off debts. For what it's worth I was most intrigued by some of the information science things I saw, although I don't really have any undergraduate background in it. Seeing as I have almost no interest in following up in the fields of Political Science or Sociology, I was thinking about the only graduate degree I'm 'qualified' for is something in journalism but I've never really written anything except for the music section of the college paper and that seems to be a requirement for entrance. Oh, and my parents are friends with a senior partner at Deloitte Touche and have tried to get me to apply there, but I'm not a souless douchebag with a degree in accounting or finance, so it's not much of an option. One thing I'm currently leaning towards is air traffic controller but there are no current spots to apply for.

 

I've been working at a reasonable paying, low demand job that I'd rather not stick with forever (I'm a porter in a residential building in Manhattan, after taxes, it's about $12 an hour). Besides the colleges my girlfriend applied to are in Blacksburg, VA and Syracuse, NY. Seeing as how I'm currently getting unsolicited advise from my family, my neighbours, all my friends, people who think they're my friends, every d****ead I ever went to school with and all the pompous f*****s in the building where I work I thought I might solicit some advice.

 

If nothing else, this thread might yield a few choice lines from some of the wits, and I'm understandably bored.

 

WHat your degree is in hardly matters for most jobs.

 

Two things:

 

1. Don't go to grad school as a delaying tactic / if you don't know what to do next. You'll be a year older, further in debt and none the wiser.

2. Don't get obsessed about getting a job in your 'field'. I work in pharmaceutical consulting and I'm a French major.

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WHat your degree is in hardly matters for most jobs.

 

Two things:

 

1. Don't go to grad school as a delaying tactic / if you don't know what to do next. You'll be a year older, further in debt and none the wiser.

2. Don't get obsessed about getting a job in your 'field'. I work in pharmaceutical consulting and I'm a French major.

 

 

A French Major what? What does that mean, you middle class klutz!

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WHat your degree is in hardly matters for most jobs.

 

Two things:

 

1. Don't go to grad school as a delaying tactic / if you don't know what to do next. You'll be a year older, further in debt and none the wiser.

2. Don't get obsessed about getting a job in your 'field'. I work in pharmaceutical consulting and I'm a French major.

 

Agree - mine's in Art History and I'm an IT project manager.... They want to know that you can think, not what you think about.

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WHat your degree is in hardly matters for most jobs.

 

Two things:

 

1. Don't go to grad school as a delaying tactic / if you don't know what to do next. You'll be a year older, further in debt and none the wiser.

2. Don't get obsessed about getting a job in your 'field'. I work in pharmaceutical consulting and I'm a French major.

 

 

1. That's fair enough. I've ruled out grad school simply on the basis of cost to be honest.

2. I've heard many people make this point, but it just seems to me like it makes more sense that it be in the field you know, *if* you can get something. I guess I've got it in my head that it makes getting your foot in the door somewhere easier.

 

Eh, thanks.

 

And John, my parents essentially turfed me out, managed to turn all my extended family against me and demanded I immediately pay them back all the money I owed them, which required me taking out further loans. I do think they believed it was for the best.

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Don't get obsessed about getting a job in your 'field'. I work in pharmaceutical consulting and I'm a French major.

You've got two jobs? I'm surprised the army let you work at Boots.

 

Bloody french.

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1. That's fair enough. I've ruled out grad school simply on the basis of cost to be honest.

2. I've heard many people make this point, but it just seems to me like it makes more sense that it be in the field you know, *if* you can get something. I guess I've got it in my head that it makes getting your foot in the door somewhere easier.

 

Eh, thanks.

 

And John, my parents essentially turfed me out, managed to turn all my extended family against me and demanded I immediately pay them back all the money I owed them, which required me taking out further loans. I do think they believed it was for the best.

 

Makes foot in the door easier if you're after a functional job: accounting / research scientist. Otherwise not so much. What would you like to do?

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