Time to give up?
April 22, 2010 4:49 PM Subscribe
I'm 24 and I already have an undergraduate degree. Now I want to study something completely different: economics. Turns out it's a little trickier than I first thought [rant inside]
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I've been a big fan metafilter and always enjoyed reading your advice given to other people. Now I need your help!
Anyway, the story is this:
I went to high school in Australia and did really well (top 5%.) At the time I didn't really like maths and the school system allowed me to drop it in favour of advanced humanities subjects … big mistake.
Anyway I went on to do a very competitive double-Bachelor of Arts that took 5 years. In this time I more or less realised that the course content wasn't for me and I wanted something more empirical … and, y'know, the prospect of actually getting a job one day.
So I decided to get into economics. Economics appeals to me because of its intellectual rigour, potential for high paying jobs and broad applicability.
I'm living in London now so I went ahead and started researching degrees in the UK. At first I thought about doing a PG Dip at somewhere like Warwick or Nottingham in order to get into an MSc. Turns out I'm pretty much screwed without A-level maths…
Okay, what about doing a second bachelor's? Well it turns out in order to get into a decent bachelor's degree, I need A-level maths too. And the only way I can justify spending another 4 years of my life studying is if I'm going to a good uni that'll look nice on my CV (and getting a good education too …)
There appear to be standalone A-level maths courses out there, but how much is too much? I mean, I'm 24 now. How much time am I going to have to invest in order to get into an economics program at a top 10 uni? Doing A-levels and then a BSc? Can I deal with the indignity of studying among a bunch of spotty teens?
After today's run-in with reality I'm beginning to wonder whether it's worth my time and energy making the transition to economics. Perhaps I'd be better off going into law or business - at least those I can get into without going back to high school!
What are my options here? Is there something I've overlooked? Are there perhaps decent universities in other countries (anything but Australia!) that don't expect you to be Professor McMaths in the first year? Is a career in economics worth me spending all of my 20s studying? (which isn't so bad - I like studying and I've got enough money - but what about the ol' CV?) Am I catastrophising this?
Thanks for reading my rant. I'm feeling very lost right now. Any advice would be appreciated.