As promised from previous post, this post is going to be about my experiences from just over a week ago, attending both a careers event and postgraduate open evening in one day. In all honesty, it didn’t really turn out the way I hoped but I’m going to write some musings anyway, and potentially show someone else, who is feeling unsure, that just because I’m part-way through my university course I don’t know what is next for me.
So, firstly I spent my Wednesday afternoon at a careers event for the History of Art and Film Department. For the most part this involved talks from a select group about how they have used their degrees in the work most graduates are interested in, including film programming and gallery curation, as well as discussing opportunities to enter education. I think I should first say how interesting it was to listen to where our degree could take us and looking at how much success can be had through particular industries. However, I did feel we were given a well rounded view of the careers being talked about, by being given some disadvantages/stressful elements/undesirable parts of these jobs.
Following this I took part in an activity looking at job adverts for various film, art and media industries, looking at what qualifications or experience were required. Although it was interesting to look, I definitely found the talks and Q&A session with professionals more useful to me; especially when discussing work experience the professionals had undertaken, or what jobs they had taken previously before taking their particular career paths.
However, within only half an hour of this event ending I was already signing in at the post graduate event. I was aware that it was unlikely any other second years would be in attendance but I thought they’d be no harm in looking…plus I got some nice freebies so I really can’t complain. I attended two talks, first discussing the reasons to take on a masters degree, and the second about funding your degree. Honestly…the evening was far more daunting than I’d expected; it’s actually not the degree that freaks me out, as I really enjoy learning, but the funding process seemed complex and exponentially harder than just a student finance application.
So, what did I think? I think I need some more time to explore my options. At the moment I’m looking into potentially the education sector or lecturing but whether that”ll stick or not remains to be seen. I’m hoping my summer internship will help me decide if I want to keep studying or go into the world of work; watch this space.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!