113 Views

Survey shows that 1 in 12 graduates regret their choice of degree

The current financial crisis looks to be shaking up the way students see their university courses, a new study shows.

According to a survey, one in twelve UK third-year undergraduates now regrets their choice of degree. The survey of 1,041 students conducted by market research firm Opinionpanel Research found that, of the 357 final-year students polled, 8% wished they had chosen a different degree due to the financial climate. The figure was 4% for students across all years. One in 10 was unsure.

In a straw poll conducted by The Badger of 150 Sussex students in second and third years studying a range of degrees, 31% said they ‘sometimes’ regretted their degree choice and 3% ‘often’. When asked if they wished they had chosen a different course due to the current economic climate 5% said they did.

Six of the students asked suggested Law as a more useful degree to do – one English student said: ‘It would have been much wiser to study something specifically geared towards a certain career. I also think it’s less likely I’ll be able to afford a conversion course now.’ One student who changed from Business Studies to History this year said: ‘I often regret my decision. I think a Bsc would be more useful to me in the depleted job market.’

‘In The Badger’s straw poll of 150 Sussex students in second and third years, 31% said they “sometimes” regretted their degree choice and 3% said they “often” did’

The poll also suggests a general concern among students over what will happen when they leave the security of university life. Nationwide 46% of students believe their job prospects will be harmed “a bit” and 9% “a lot” by the economic crisis. Sussex students reflect this trend, 39% responding it will hurt their job ‘a bit’ and 10% saying ‘a lot’.

It is not only traditional academic subjects that are causing concern. A Physiotherapy student suggests that “people with injuries will decide to not pay to see a physiotherapist and just ignore the injury due to saving money, therefore slowing down business.”

But it appears that students’ main concerns may be immediate family commitments. One student said “I’ll find a job eventually. My father is being made redundant and that’s happening right now.”

But it appears that students realise that although recession is on the way, it will not last forever. A second year Politics student was optimistic:

“Bread might cost a few more pennies now but by the time I leave university the job market will have improved.” Indeed, many companies have learned from previous recessions that reducing one year’s graduate recruitment is a mistake, and instead look to the long term. Richard Freeborn, recruitment manager at HSBC, says, “We always look at our graduate recruitment numbers from the point of view of our needs for future senior managers, six or eight years down the line.”

Similarly, CDEC is keen to point out that any university degree will give students those invaluable ‘transferable skills’ desirable for a variety of careers. Femi Bola, head of employability at the University of East London, says it is important for graduates to think positively but her advice also suggests it may also make it necessary for them to alter their desired career path. “By the end of their degrees, students will have developed transferable skills for the workplace,” she said. “It shouldn’t be forgotten that graduates are the cheaper end of the employment chain. Their jobs may not be the ones that will be cut. Work still exists; it just may be in a different sector to the one that graduates anticipated. So while many students still enjoy their choice of degree regardless of its utility, when it comes to career choices they may not be so lucky.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
492 views1
Campus News
492 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series
Arts
13 views
Arts
13 views

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - June 17, 2018

Pictured: Zac Black At Proud Cabaret audiences were spellbound as if at night at the circus, yet this was not like Angela Carter’s magical realist novel; Verve…

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review
Arts
68 views
Arts
68 views

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review

Florence Dutton - June 11, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Last Monday at 8pm at Brighton’s The Old Market, I sat myself down in my theatre seat eagerly awaiting…

Fleabag preview
Arts
81 views
Arts
81 views

Fleabag preview

Florence Dutton - June 2, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Following the mass success of the Bafta award-winning BBC Series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre are about to hit the…

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome
Arts
104 views
Arts
104 views

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome

Georgia Grace - June 1, 2018

Having completed my final semester of university with modules on punk history and queer arts, it was fitting that I rounded off my end-of-assessment celebrations by attending…

Arts
124 views

The Tempest review

Georgia Grace - May 30, 2018

As the sun begins to set over Hove Green, tinnies of Red Stripe are cracked open, tartan blankets are strewn, and families tuck into their picnic hampers.…

A Glass Half Empty review
Arts
138 views
Arts
138 views

A Glass Half Empty review

Georgia Grace - May 27, 2018

For those of us coming to the end of another year of university study, the prospect of careers, marriages and babies may seem a long way off.…

DollyWould at The Old Market review
Arts
131 views
Arts
131 views

DollyWould at The Old Market review

Alex Hutson - May 27, 2018

Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould is a hilarious, thoughtful and experimental performance piece. The award winning show has the Sh!t Theatre duo integrating comedy, storytelling, personal experience and music.…

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex
Campus News
208 views
Campus News
208 views

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex

Billie-Jean Johnson - May 26, 2018

The Sussex branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a petition calling for Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell to end the 'hostile environment' at Sussex. The…

Arts
97 views

Shakespeare in the sun – The Tempest preview

Georgia Grace - May 24, 2018

In a world of dystopian King Lears and female Hamlets, Shakespeare’s classics are constantly being reimagined for the modern day. There’s something oddly refreshing then about the…

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
193 views
Arts
193 views

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 23, 2018

What a phenomenal contrast these two films present when watched side-by-side. In essence, together they are capable of tracing inner and outer metamorphoses of their subjects. The…

Dollywould at The Old Market preview
Arts
129 views
Arts
129 views

Dollywould at The Old Market preview

Alex Hutson - May 22, 2018

From the 22nd May - 25th May 2018 DollyWould will be showing at The Old Market. An exciting new show, presented by Sh!t Theatre, who won the…

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu
Artist Focus
203 views
Artist Focus
203 views

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - May 16, 2018

Last week artist Fedilou made her debut exhibition in the downstairs space of Morelli Zorelli, a quaint vegan Italian restaurant in Hove, featuring a collection of intimate…

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley
Interview
139 views
Interview
139 views

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley

Nikolaos Manesis - May 15, 2018

Ron Chrisley is a Reader in Philosophy, on the faculty of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is the director of COGS (Centre for Cognitive Science).…

Adam review
Arts
205 views
Arts
205 views

Adam review

Ketan Jha - May 13, 2018

If you have been a stranger to the stage this spring and decide to see one contemporary show, let it be Adam. This reviewer went in entirely…

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
224 views
Arts
224 views

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 13, 2018

In celebration of iconic Brighton local, legendary alt-rock musician (and episodic actor) Nick Cave, TOM’s Film Club are hosting a double-bill screening of his films at The…

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review
Arts
269 views
Arts
269 views

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review

Georgia Grace - May 11, 2018

Meta-theatricality and interactivity are becoming all the more vogue in contemporary theatre, and in a world where the arts are becoming increasingly open and democratised, I find…

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks
Artist Focus
185 views
Artist Focus
185 views

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks

Alex Leissle - May 9, 2018

  [gallery type="slideshow" ids="35385,35386,35387,35388,35389,35390,35391,35392,35393,35394,35395,35396,35397,35398,35399,35400,35401,35402,35403,35404,35405,35406,35407,35408,35409,35410,35411"]

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival
Books
187 views
Books
187 views

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival

William Singh - May 9, 2018

Afua Hirsch’s 2018 book - part memoir, part polemic - provokes mixed feelings. So too did her discussion of the topic at this year’s Brighton Festival. Don’t…

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality
Science
238 views
Science
238 views

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality

Luke Richards - May 8, 2018

Bioweapons exist, while ethnic-bioweapons are whispered conspiracies. Pandemics can fairly hazardous to human life, the 1918 Flu Pandemic killed 20-50 million people. A man made pandemic could…

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced
News
256 views
News
256 views

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced

Jessica Hubbard - May 4, 2018

Students have voted to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, reject Prevent and adopt new Gender Equality policies. Results for the Students' Union referenda were…