Thinking about my future

Lately I've been thinking about my future. At the moment I'm looking for work and it's what I want to do. I want to get some sort of work experience for AT LEAST a year or two behind me. There's no doubt I'm not going to do that.

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When I first started Uni I wanted to be a Forensic Psychologist so I wanted to major in Psychology (and minor is Business) then do a Forensic Psychology Masters. Well I couldn't cope with that, plus I changed my mind career-wise so I majored in Business.

However I've been thinking of doing a Conversion Course in Psychology. Not now, in a couple of years time, once I've got some work experience behind me!! I don't want to do a Masters in Forensic's though. I think it would be nice to have the BPS (British Psychological Society) accreditation and the GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) incase I change my mind a few years down the line. Plus it'll be like I've got two degree's (sort of). I was thinking te time out might make my view on Psychology a bit freasher, but I couldn't handle it then why would I handle it any better in the future?!

I don't know, I've been looking around and Uni Nottingham offer it for 2:2 Graduate's, so do some local London Uni's. I think I would prefer to go to Nottingham though as my sister lives in Mansfield so I could see her and the kids more. Plus I wasn't ready to move away when I did my Undergrad, it would give me the opportunity to live away on my own for a bit (it's something I've kinda regretted).

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On the other hand, I've also been thinking of going back to College part-time/evening classes whilst working doing some sort of Art/Craft/Sewing class (whether it's A-Levels or diploma's or whatever else there is!!).

So I don't know...

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I'm still thinking on both plans. I'd like to do both at some point in my life (not at the same time). What do you guys think? Any opinions? Advice? Words of widsom?

Also I want to know if you have any plans for your future. Or what you aspire to do at some point in your life???

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16 replies since 3rd August 2010 • Last reply 3rd August 2010

I also forgot to add that when I was in my final year in 6th Form I'd dropped Sociology - I did the first year (AS Level). So in my second (final) year I took up a new subject.

It was a CeFS in Financial Studies by ifs School of Finance. That was the first level, there's a second level to it, a diploma.

On top of this I want to carry out the Diploma too.

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Hmmm I just noticed that all of my future plans seem to be surrounded by academic learning. I don't know why, I'd had enough of it when I left Uni... unless it's about things that are incomplete in my life -

> Not carrying out Art through to my A-Levels?
> Not finishing my Financial Studies course?
> Not being accredited for the Psychology part of my degree?

Sorry to ramble on. It's funny how you discover something about yourself. I guess when you read your posts back it's like looking into someone else's life lol.

I want to hear what you lot want to do... anything at all?!?!?!

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Well we are saving (eventually) to put Alex through his Masters degree (English) and for me to get mine as well (Drama Therapy). We have said that when we win the lottery we are going to do degrees, masters and maybe a doctorate between us but until then we'll just have to keep saving.

Why don't you start off with some local art classes/night school and see how you feel about education after that?

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Thanks Bryony. Aw that would be soooo cool if you did that, I hope you both get there!!

Well I've given myself a year, I know getting a job is tought atm, but if I don't get a job next year I'll go back to college first.

The degree thing I'm going to give a few years I think Happy

Thanks for the advice Bryony!!! xxx

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I know what you mean, I spent a year out of work before I got my job and it wasn't fun. Have you thought about NVQs or some on the job training qualification? Might be a bit more varied that way? If you are still under 24 I think it is you can apply for apprenticeships x

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I've been looking at Apprenticeships, it just says under 19 Apprenticips and over 19 Apprenticeships so I don't think there's a limit as such :S but I've not had any luck yet...

:'(

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Well it's really which one you think will make you more happy overall. It sounds to me like moving to Nottingham and going to school there would be great for you. It's always nice living close to family and friends.

I'm doing kind of the opposite..I'm moving away from family and friends in a year. And I have no idea how I'm going to take that.

But like I said, look at your options and choose the one where you feel most comfortable and happy with! And I wish you luck!! Let us know how it goes!
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As for myself, I am a huge planner lol..I'm sort of a perfectionist when it comes to school. I currently go to Normandale Community College (Minnesota, USA) and I do like it there but I can't wait for the university setting.

In May I will be getting my Associate's in Science: Marketing. Then I plan to transfer to a 4-year and finish up my bachelors (I'm hoping most my credits will transfer xD) I really super duper badly want to go to Boston University. I've never been there but I think it would be awesome. Then I plan to get my master's degree...when I get to Boston I am doing a double major: Marketing and English...

And after ALL that school work I want to become a professor. I really like Marketing and English so teaching either (or both) would very much please me.

Those are my plans...and btw I hate math lol

Soooo pretty much I will be in school forever! =P

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I don't know about the courses, but Nottingham is a brilliant place to live. I'd say you'd find it friendlier and a lot cheaper than London. There's so much to do, so many clubs and societies and so much Craft Stuff going on that you'll find loads to do and soon make some new friends!

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May: My mum lives in London and so does a lot of my family so in theory I will also be moving away from my day-to-day family. My sister will be close(ish) by but from what I've looked at it takes a long time by buses so I want to learn to drive before going up there so I can drive to my sisters and home whenever I want. Thanks for the wishes of good luck.

Oh wow, so lots of studying ahead for you. One word of advice, it's best to go check out the Uni's you want to go to. You might like the IDEA of going to Boston Uni but you might actually go and visit it and not like it so much. Like Bryony said it's best to get a feel about the place, that's why I went to Hertfordshire.

Blue G: Thanks honey, I take it you live there or did live there. I've seen a video of the campus I'd be at and it's beautifully stunning!! I asked them if I was to do the Psychology Conversion Course there full-time (1 year) would I be able to live on campus. If they come back saying YES then I'd be more inclined to do it in the near future!! I imagine the society there is amazing, it's like the Rock Capital LOL.

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Yes, I'm a Nottingham girl born and bred and returned here from abroad. I take it it's the NOttingham Uni you've applied for? They usually let students live on campus. If not then Beeston is full of students and only a few minutes walk away. Mansfield isn't so far - there's a direct bus from town.

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Yes it's the Univeristy of Nottingham I'm thinking of going to.
No I haven't applied yet, it's something I'm thinking of in the near future, not something I'm going to be doing right now.

I've already done my Undergraduate degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

They typically let Undergrad's spend their first year on Campus, but I would be a Postgraduate student so I don't know if they can accomodate Postgraduate's some University's don't.

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Oh okay, I understand better now! Well that is kind of a dilemma. You should definitely practice and go take your driving test! (I have to do that too lol) That way Nottingham would be perfect.

Oh yes! Thanks for the advice, I am definitely going to check it out. I went to a 4-year where I live but only for a semester, I didn't like it much.

Did you check out all the universities you are considering going to? What did you think about em?

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One of the other Uni's that offer the course is London Metropolitan which I had a look at when I was considering applying for my undergrad degree. It was ok...

The other one is Middlesex Uni which is all the way in Hendon and I don't think I'd want to go and live in Hendon.

I would like to go away to a Uni as I went to Hertfordshire and I stayed at home and commuted in for the whole 3 years, so I never experienced life at Halls and stuff!!

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If you're interested in seeing what working in Mental Health is like let me know. I work in that field in Watford and we quite regularly have people in doing work experience or work placements for courses. You might be able to combine your interest in art and psychology and look at art therapy or play therapy.

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I went to Uni for two years and I majored in English (because I want to write) and Cultural Studies (which is an odd name for it because what it is is actually looking at the different medias in culture as a way of defining the culture itself - I did cultural studies with focus on writing and not other medias like movies and music) and I found that I really really really hate going to school. Getting up to go to school and classes was about as pleasant for me as throwing up and I HATE throwing up. So now I'm taking a year off to see what I want to do and how I want to proceed. I don't know if I should just go back and stick out one more year to graduate or do something completely different.

So long story short I really don't know what to tell you or how to help you because I'm lost BUT I do want to say you're not alone, a lot of people are in the same boat as you, and (although I don't really believe it myself but a lot of people are telling me this) you'll find you way eventually!

PS- This is a completely unrealted to school side note. I'm very jealous of all of you for living in the UK. I want to live there! I'm stuck in boring Canada for a while ^^

PPS- I like your accents!

PPPS- oh yeah, and your english guys are hot too. hahaha

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