So, it’s a year after I completed my three year History Degree. Where has it got me? It’s got me a job roasting chickens in a supermarket. I’ve been there for almost a year now. Do I enjoy my job? No, I don’t. I absolutely despise it. I wake up at 6:45 every morning to do the exact same thing day in, day out, day in, day out… etc. For the past few weeks, I’ve been having headaches every day, I feel down constantly, I go to bed dreading getting up the next morning, I wake up the next morning dreading going into work.
I feel like I have completely wasted three years of my life on something completely useless. Scratch that, I KNOW I have wasted three years of my life. I am sick to death of people telling me that I have useful skills which will help me with future employment - no, I don’t. Nothing unique at least… my university alone takes on 250 History students a year… between when I started my degree, and now, my department have given 1,250 students the exact same skills… that’s not even touching upon the rest of the students in this country, over the last five years, who have History Degrees. So no, I don’t have anything that will make me stand out.
What do employers want? Not a useless 2:1 in History. As everyone kept asking me “What can you actually do with History?” And I kept ignoring them because it was too late to pull out. The answer is absolutely sod all of importance. You can take another year out, pay another couple of grand, and train as a teacher, as everyone else is doing, you can do a Law conversion and try and fight for a job, or you can do a Journalism conversion…provided you’re actually any good at writing, and then are willing to compete in a very difficult industry.
"You can work in a Museum or an Archive, surely?" Nope. I can’t work in either of those sectors without a Masters, in not a PhD in Curatorism, or without a Masters, or several years of training in Archivism. All of which cost more money.
Employers want you to have years of previous, very specific experience. Most of them want you to have previous managerial experience, and they’re probably not looking for you.
Would I recommend University? No. Train as a chef, an electrician, perhaps do an ICT degree if you really want one, but don’t go to university unless you’re willing to come out and face unemployment, a shit job that you get stuck in for years, depression and work related illness.
Oh, and you can’t do an Apprenticeship once you have a degree, just to make life worse.