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Advice "Job . . . Uni . . . One or the other or both!!"

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
I have finished my 3rd year at Uni & can graduate if i want once the placement i am on is finished, i would walk away with a BA degree.

However i was offered a job with the company i am with for my placement, didn't have to apply or go through any interviews. I think i would regret turning the job down and the salary they are proposing is in my opinion a decent wage for my "first" proper job and for my age.

I have spoken to Uni and from the sounds of it approvals need to be sought & signatures need to be got in order for me to do my BA HONS part of the degree if it gets approved that it is.

But i am now in 2 minds - do i take the job & graduate with a degree, turn down the job and do another year at Uni just to get a BA HONS or do i do both if i can do my degree part-time in one year. Does having BA HONS degree really mean anything more than a BA and if i just graduated with a BA would not having HONS effect me later on? If i take the job i would be looking at doing another degree, something called a CIPD - will i need a BA HONS to do this or just having a BA degree enough?

Any thoughts/opinions/advice would be appreciated! And sorry for such a long description.
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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1 Like #1
if you can do both
why not do the job and be getting paid whilst doin the course
seems like the best choice because then you are pretty much gettin your next year for free...as you are earning.
1 Like #2
OK then with the job you got is it dead end or can you progress further above the ladder? HONS does make a diffrence but IMO it does not really, if you want to do your Masters you will need the Honours on your degree!!! But in these days experience matters and not the qualification that you have got!!
1 Like #3
Go for the job, they are quite hard to find without experience, I have four children and the most qualified has the least job prospects. Too many people are staying on for higher education and there are not enough jobs at the end. I work for a bank and some people who have degrees come in and work in the call centre as they are so fed up with not working and not being able to get the job they were promised at the beginning of the course.
#4
wendyak
Go for the job, they are quite hard to find without experience, I have four children and the most qualified has the least job prospects. Too many people are staying on for higher education and there are not enough jobs at the end. I work for a bank and some people who have degrees come in and work in the call centre as they are so fed up with not working and not being able to get the job they were promised at the beginning of the course.


Soooooooooooooooooooooo true!!!! YOu end up in call centres!!! My mate got a job and stopped education and trust me he is better posistion with people with degrees!!!
1 Like #5
Yeah get the job, I've finished uni and been looking for jobs for months and got nothing because I have no experience
banned 1 Like #6
depends what subject u r doing. for IT, on the job experience counts a lot more than a higher qualification.
1 Like #7
Personaly I'd go for the job. The real world experience you'll gain from it will do far more for you than another year at Uni will.
1 Like #8
You should take the job and part time to get the honours. Because it is hard to get the first job after you grad. But then again, the company that you did the placement already want you back...so they likely will take you back if you decide to finish the honours first.

Degrees don't count as much as work experience to land a 1st job. But if you want to move up, then what type of degree would matter.
1 Like #9
Few students seem to recognise that a degree is about your intellectual development rather than simply a way into a job. If you complete the degree, do so because you want to develop critical thinking skills that will last forever; if you are only thinking about a job, them you have one so there seems little point in continuing study. By teh way, which course and university is it?
#10
Paidia
Few students seem to recognise that a degree is about your intellectual development rather than simply a way into a job.

Thats because most students would rarther begin their career as soon as possible and get on with their lives instead of being intellectually developed, unemployable and thousands of pounds in debt.
#11
But surely university is an important part of your life, not just something you do on the way to a 'career'. And anyway, garduates are more employable and earn more on avergae than those without a degree. However I think my point is that you should do a degree becuase you want to be a graduate, not because you just want a job.

Read this
#12
It all boils down to the subject area and the class level which you achived in the degree!!!
1 Like #13
I'd imagine if the company are keen to employ you, they would look to support your progress through the Honours part of your degree, the honours part is arguably the most important part of a degree, purely because it demonstrates skills that are massively important to employers, such as; effective time management, ability to perform research, application of logic, communication skills both written and verbal, understanding complex issues and being able to convey in an understandable manner, if you choose a good topic it can really help in career progression too.
#14
Paidia
Few students seem to recognise that a degree is about your intellectual development rather than simply a way into a job. If you complete the degree, do so because you want to develop critical thinking skills that will last forever; if you are only thinking about a job, them you have one so there seems little point in continuing study. By teh way, which course and university is it?


I am doing Law & Management @ RGU in Aberdeen. After 3 years i will get a BA in that course or obviously if i do the 4th year i'll get the BA Hons in it.

Have managed to secure a meeting with my advisor of study on Tue, to talk things over!!
#15
Just want to say thank you to everyone for the advice! Will add heat & rep to you all
#16
[QUOTE=toconn] the honours part is arguably the most important part of a degree, purely because it demonstrates skills that are massively important to employers, such as; effective time management, ability to perform research, application of logic, communication skills both written and verbal, understanding complex issues and being able to convey in an understandable manner, [QUOTE]

+ it shows you can get pie eyed night after night and still do the work :giggle:

ohhh Uni...... good times!!!! :-D
#17
Ah Yes, I thought I recognised the Scottish 4 year system. Good idea to talk with personal tutor. I suspect in the long run you are better off finishing the degree and gaining your hons. Toconn's summed up why and I agree with him. But you might think about the final year as more than just getting a 'better certificate'. Think about the quite significant skills you will gain that likely go beyound your job.
#18
If your degree is law related I would definitely recommend you take the job and get the experience. I graduate from my law degree this summer and am finding it incredibly difficult to even get interviews for anything law-related at the moment. It's incredibly competitive and they either want the best academically or they want experience. I think if you have a top mark degree, and didn't necessarily want to take the job, then you would be fairly safe in doing so. But if you are lagging behind in grades or not achieving the higher end of the scale, the experience you gain from taking the job will be incredibly valuable.

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