So you don’t enjoy your course? Here’s what to do

Holly Smith·29 November 2016·5 min read
So you don’t enjoy your course? Here’s what to do

Sometimes university just doesn’t go as planned.

Those idyllic dreams of inspiring lectures, intellectual debates during seminars and thought-provoking content can sometimes end up as just that, dreams. After months of deliberating which university is right for you, it can be disheartening when you actually don’t enjoy the course you are spending thousands on.

But what can you do once you realise that your course isn’t living up to your expectations?

Do you just power through for the next three years? Do you try moving on to a different course? Or do you try transferring to a different university to see if they do a better job of your course?

Well, quite simply, you could choose any of those options, it just depends on what exactly it is that you aren’t enjoying about your course…

Reasons to Stick

There are many reasons why you might not enjoy a course and trust me, I’ve been there. During my first year I did not enjoy my degree. All the modules were  pre-chosen for us and many of them were dull and uninteresting.  Plus, some modules were in subjects where I knew my strengths didn’t lie.

However, I decided to stick it out because I loved my core modules and I loved my degree. In my second and final years I could chose my own modules and I was able to pick those idyllic courses that genuinely shape the way you think.

So, if you’re unhappy about the actual content in the modules but love your degree, then perhaps it is worth sticking with until you are able to access the more interesting areas of your subject. Eventually, it will be worth the drudge you had to sit through to get there.

Reasons to Quit

So, you don’t enjoy the modules, the content isn’t good and the worst part, the lecturers are terrible and don’t care about your education.

All of these are signs that you need to get out.

If you don’t enjoy your degree and your intended future career isn’t built upon this degree then change it. Universities are incredibly accommodating, it looks bad if they lose students, so they will advise you and help you to move to a course that will better suit you.

Ask other students and go on forums and course pages to find out about the other degrees that might interest you. Remember that Student Finance supports you for 4 years of Higher Education so technically, you can botch up a year. It’s worth it if you end up with a degree you’ve worked hard for and enjoyed every part of the process.

Reasons to Alter It

After years of following the National Curriculum and going through the same exams and exam boards as the majority of students in the country, it can come as quite a surprise to see the varying differences between universities and their courses. Where one course may be dreadful, the exact same course at a different university may be incredible. Remember that universities are independent businesses which set their own curriculum, exams and coursework. They are all managed differently and are carried out by people of varying competence and experience.

Most likely, you’ll know people at universities around the country, even if they were just acquaintances at school. Get in contact with them and ask what their university is like and ask if they can find out about your course there. It could just be that your current university doesn’t support your needs and that a change is just what you need.

This is one to think about if you adore your degree and need it for your chosen career but hate your current course.

Reasons to Say Goodbye

What feels like the most extreme of these choices is to just say goodbye to university. It is an option that few rarely speak about, but it is valid nonetheless. If you don’t enjoy your course, studying, and university, the answer is quite straightforward.

If you have an idea as to where your desired career is, research it. Apply for jobs in those areas and prove your employability through your work experience. Even though many do not like to admit it, we still live in a world where you can start from the bottom and work your way up.

Many graduates go on to find themselves in positions which doesn’t require a degree. Heading straight in to the working world may lead into a position after 2 years which is exactly the same as a a graduate ends up in after three years of university.

Don’t be afraid to trust your gut if it is telling you to leave because it is more than possible to become successful without a degree.