From studying something you don’t love to studying something you do

Dr Nathan Waddell, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University, on studying something he didn’t love, studying something he did — and that making all the difference…  Although many people will want to tell you that it’s vital to have your career trajectory mapped out from an early age in perfect sequence, life …

It’s more about your skills than your degree subject

Your degree subject isn’t the most important thing on your application, says graduate recruiter Richard Waite from Grant Thornton. Having been a graduate recruiter for the last six year it’s fair to say I have seen my fair share of great applications, and the not so great. When I meet a candidate out on campus …

Why study what you love?

Katherine Tallant is the School Manager for Sociology and Social Policy, she’s also the brains behind the Study What You Love campaign.  The inspiration for this campaign came from a workshop I attended in which we were discussing how students choose what to study. We considered all sorts of influences like parental expectations, what friends are …

From History to …Human Resources

Janneke Dobben, University of Nottingham history alumna. I wasn’t the most decisive when choosing to study History at University – I flicked from wanting to do English…to Politics…to International Relations… and a mixture of all of them. I started studying History and Politics, but quickly realised this was a false start – I fell out of …

Why study the Arts?

Where can you go with an Arts degree? In this video employers talk about the skills Arts students can gain from studying a subject that they love and how these can benefit them in the future. Read more from other students, academics and employers on the Study What You Love pages.

Studying Culture, Film and Media

Eva Giraud, Lecturer in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area studies Something important to remember is that choosing the right degree for you is not just about studying what you love, but going into a job that you love, and it’s been really rewarding to see some of our recent graduates embarking on careers …

Why study Archaeology?

Dr Will Bowden, Associate Professor in Roman Archaeology Like many people, I have always been fascinated by the past, and my childhood imagination was fired by stories of Tutankhamun’s treasure or the mysteries of Stonehenge.  I never had any idea that you could make a career out of this interest, although as a teenager that …

From Psychology to… social media

Maebellyne Ventura, University alumnus I have always been interested in behaviour and mental health so it was an almost natural choice to study Psychology. During my degree I was able to explore different aspects of psychology – biological, neurological and social, to name a few. In the process I also learnt a lot more about …

A career in Law

Does a career in Law mean a degree in Law? Not necessarily, according to Tim Smith (pictured) from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.  The subject a graduate has studied isn’t important at all, we are much more interested in the skills that a candidate can display and the application of those skills to a legal career. …

From American Studies to… anything

Claire Jermany, 4th year student The broad range of subjects that fall under the American Studies umbrella is the reason why I chose to study this loveable course. I’ve had to consult a huge range of materials for my lecture and seminar discussions over the years, from 8 Mile to slavery photographs to Muhammad Ali’s …