People take the mickey out of media studies graduates in the UK. I think the equivalent in the US is probably the English major syndrome. I know nothing about the career possibilities of either subject, but I do know that just because Joe Bloggs in the street can’t think of what you might do with a particular degree subject, doesn’t mean that there’s nothing well-paid you can do with it.
I am a maths graduate. If I’m talking to people outside of work, lots and lots and lots of them are surprised that I’m not a maths teacher, because that’s the only thing you can do with it, right? I also keep hearing of people who want to study maths, or wanted to study maths, but didn’t because they thought that some other subject would give them better career opportunities.
I find this really annoying. The company I work for is large and diverse and doesn’t particularly recruit mathematicians. But, we employ an awful lot of them in all sorts of areas. Many of my acquaintances with maths degrees work in finance, others work in transport planning, cold fusion research, logistics and scheduling, river and coastal engineering, encryption and secret spying stuff, computer graphics, ship navigation, aeroplane design… The list goes on and on, but the best I’ve heard so far is designing a better way of icing donuts.
Maths, is a lot more useful than the man on the street thinks.
By the way, all of those jobs are reasonably well paid, certainly more than the national average.
But, I suspect that there are a lot of interesting careers out there that people don’t generally know about. I bet quite a few of them can pay quite well too. And if there are lots of interesting careers, and you don’t enjoy yours, perhaps you should thinking about looking for another one.
The best resource that I’ve heard recommended is the book What Colour Is Your Parachute?
If, you’re more interested in free resources, and ideas about jobs that you didn’t know about, check out some of the following:
- Prospects graduate careers, excellent for *what can I do with a degree in…?* questions
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook US-centric, but a huge list of occupations
- Careers Advice from Direct.gov.uk some pretty nice ideas here, with less focus on degreed occupations
If you’re not sure whether you want to look for a new job, why not check out:
For more general job hunting links, have a look at this collection of job hunting resources.
- it doesn’t matter what you study at Uni
- university graduates, jobs and prestige
- what do you think of your higher education?