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My degree for love, not money..

So, as it’s coming to an end soon, I thought I’d do a post about the degree i’m currently studying!

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology.

The other day I was reading a post on ‘thestudentroom’ where someone had posted that they were a recent Zoology graduate and that they were willing to answer any questions anyone had regarding the sector due to many misconceptions regarding it. I was scrolling down the page, reading peoples questions and I came to one which said ‘Looking forward to your KFC graduate position?’

The rage I felt was real.

Yes, the zoology sector can be notoriously hard to get into, however, there are many of us that have and continue to work our little butts off to reach our goal! That one little line made me want to write this post so hopefully I can clear some things up.

What is it?!

So what is zoology? (I get asked this A LOT)..It’s basically the study of animals! Aspects of the subject range from physiology and biology to conservation and population management. The three optional modules I chose to study on my course are: Zoology of Aquatic Ecosystems, Impacts of Disease and Wildlife Conservation. Other options included; Animal Behaviour and Communicating Zoology. This shows how diverse the subject can be!

Jobs available upon graduating include; zoo keepers, education officers, conservationists, ecologists and behaviourists. Many people also go onto study a Masters degree in a related area.

Why?

Coming out of school I had just 4 GCSE’s (due to prolonged illness in my teens) and decided I was never going to be able to go to university because I wasn’t ‘clever’ enough. Fast forward 5 years and I applied for an Animal Management Diploma and the rest is history as they say! I really put my whole soul into the first year and it worked, I got good enough grades to skip the second year and go straight onto a uni course! I couldn’t believe I was actually going to university!

As i’m sure you have guessed, i’m a massive animal lover! I decided this was where I wanted my future to be, in something where I could really make a difference. Lets be honest, us humans can be a bunch of plums sometimes and aren’t always putting our environment and its animal inhabitants first. If I can help out even just a little bit, i’ll be chuffed!

My main love is birds. I think it comes from my Nan and Grandad who have always loved birds and have always had rescue parrots. I’ve sat in my Nan’s kitchen many a time looking through her bird books with her and she’s always been so supportive of everything I’ve been doing on this journey!

My degree has provided me with some incredible opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to get up close and personal with some incredible species. I’ve also been to some beautiful places and had some amazing experiences that never would have happened if I wasn’t studying Zoology.

How?

So..am I looking forward to my KFC graduate job? No, because I am doing everything in my power for that not to happen. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against working in any such place. But I’ve been there, done that. I have worked all the way through my college course and degree to support myself, most of which was spent working in Mcdonalds! I know what some people think of individuals who work in fast food places, but if you ever find yourself judging these employees keep some things in mind. Most people I worked with were studying at college or university and working in there to support themselves. Other people had been there for years, with many working their way up to management and were some of the most hard working people I’ve ever met. For two years I went to uni 4 days a week and worked 2 days a week then went full time in the holidays. Not all students just go out and get drunk (although there is always time for the odd night out to the pub! ;-)).

If you want to get a job doing what you love when you graduate from a degree like this, you gotta do some stuff for free I’m afraid! I cannot express how important volunteering is. I have carried out multiple placements and have volunteered throughout my studies. Not just because I need it for my CV but because I honestly love it! I’ve spent time in a vets, at two wildlife parks, with the RSPB and with a hedgehog rescue! I still volunteer with Prickles and Paws and have done for over a year, the work they do is inspirational. I’ve also got myself accepted as the month long residential intern with the RSPB’s Peregrine Falcon Project in Symonds Yat in June, which i’m SO excited for! Volunteering is SO rewarding and you really feel like you’re making a difference.

The best advice I can give is that things don’t just land in your lap, you have to go out and get them! I’ve spent today sending out emails with my CV to businesses/charities in the zoology sector just trying to get myself out there. Whats the harm in trying? If you don’t ask you don’t get! Networking is so important, not just in this industry but in all industries.

Do a degree for love!

I read an article on the internet today which was titled ‘Should you study something you love or a degree that will get you a job?’ I cannot say this enough, study what you love! I know there are certain people in my life that question what I have chosen to study and do you know what? I couldn’t care less. I see so many people every day going to jobs that they hate doing with a passion. They’re miserable at work which feeds into their personal life meaning they’re miserable at home. Before I started studying, I had a job which made me miserable and one day I decided this wasn’t going to be my life!

If it wasn’t possible to get a job, then the degree wouldn’t exist. If you put your mind to it and do everything in your power then you can get a job in what you want to do, even if it means doing a job you may not enjoy to start with. You WILL get there. University takes up multiple years of your life and can be an amazing experience, don’t spent it doing something you hate. I witnessed a friend choose a degree not because it was a subject they loved but because they thought there was a guaranteed job at the end, they dropped out because they hated it that much.

There are also fab jobs out there in so many industries that don’t need qualifications and going to uni isn’t always necessary to do what you love. I guess what i’m trying to say is, go out there and kick start your future of happiness people! Whether that means going to university or not, it doesn’t matter!

I’m doing what I love and have never looked back.

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31 thoughts on “My degree for love, not money..

  1. I can’t handle the cuteness of these animals! I’m 100% with you on doing something you love. I would’ve loved to have gone to uni but I never knew what to do/what I liked and my parents always believed in when you leave school, you get a job. So I did that, though I did apply to a uni and never got in hahaha. I’ve been looking at the Open University (If you’ve ever heard of it) but my biggest issue is actually knowing what I want to do. I loved reading this post! x x

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    1. Haha aren’t they adorable?! Hey, as long as you’re not in a job you hate that’s all that matters my lovely! And remember its never too late if you decide you want to do it in the future.
      Ah yeah the open university is a good idea! Like you say though, sometimes it’s hard knowing what you want to do! There’s lots of people you can talk to though that may be able to help 😊
      Thank you beaut and thank you for all the support you’ve given me and my blog! ❀❀

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  2. I love this post so so much! My degree is in Geography and Environmental Studies (basically I study the physical earth and how it works. Volcanoes, earth quakes, that kinda fun stuff). People always figured I’d get a degree and end up working retail because “what the heck can you do with that” πŸ™„ Fast forward 2 years and I have an awesome job/ long term career in a related field πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ It’s a great feeling proving people wrong, keep working and you’ll do great things 😊

    Kat | http://www.aureliabeauty.com

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    1. Ah thank you!
      That sounds amazing! I’m not surprised you enjoy it so much. I am so pleased you got a job you love in the field you worked hard in and proved them people wrong! They have no idea what they’re talking about!
      Thank you so much lovely and thanks for reading 😊❀

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  3. This has got to be one of the most truthful posts I’ve seen since I’ve started reading blogs! It’s so true… study what you love or what’s the point? I hope you’re proud of yourself Kayleigh cos you really should be!
    By the way, I’ve got a massive phobia of birds, but I’ll scroll past your pictures quickly lol… the owl freaked me right out πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚ xxx

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    1. Aww Steff that means so much! Thank you 😘 yeah I cannot understand why anyone would study something they’re not interested in..It’s beyond me!
      Aww thank you! I am very proud I must admit, I’ve worked really hard!
      Oh Jesus, I’m so sorry! πŸ˜‚ I should’ve put a warning up!
      Thank you again and for all the support as always lovely ❀ xxx

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      1. Glad to hear you recognise the hard work you have and will put in, it’s hard graft!
        Looooool you weren’t to know! Each to their own, I’ll just look at your pics from behind my hand until I’m certain I won’t crap myself lol! More than welcome sweetie! Xx

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  4. I love this post! I’m studyig Joint Jon’s Drama and Theatre and Creative Writing and a lot of people have told me that it’s a waste of time. But acting, writing and creative arts are what I’m interested in and I love it! Passion is the most important thing. Love your blog!
    Ellie πŸ™‚ x

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    1. Aww thank you! 😊
      Wow, that sounds so exciting! Well done you for ignoring them silly people and cracking on with what you’re enjoying doing! Keep up the great work doing what you love and good luck with it! 😘
      Thank you and thank you for reading! ❀ x

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  5. This is so inspiring to read, I’ve always loved animals too and I really respect how you’re living out your dream! I totally agree that people should do what they love, it’s so important. Great photos too!xx

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    1. Thank you so much! It really is important, I’m glad you do something you love, which is clear from your wonderful posts! 😊
      Ah thank you, I’m very lucky with what I’ve been able to do! Xx

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  6. This is an excellent & informarive post that gives a real insight into studying Zoology. Im absolutely with you on this, study something you love & it makes it so much easier & more enjoyable. Your doing everything you can to gain that much needed experience alongside your studies & your on the the path for a career in the sector you love. I love the photos too, it’s clear to see this is your passion & I wish you all the best with this.

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    1. Thank you beaut! Ah I wondered if anyone would notice all the different hair! Haha. Thank you 😘 unfortunately it’s not as great anymore, the bleaching and re-dying of the underneath was making it SO unhealthy and was such a ballache to keep up so I stopped! It’s just red now (with some serious roots, I’m slacking πŸ˜‚).
      P.s. to anyone reading this..unless you plan on keep it going for a long time, never put blue in your hair..it will go pond green and take months to get rid of! I learnt the hard way! xxx

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  7. Ommmg the pictures are so cute πŸ˜€ This is such an interesting post. I don’t hear a lot of people who work in this field and this is just so amazing. I also loved learning more about zoology. πŸ™‚
    “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” -Unknown
    I would love to see more pictures of these cute animals. πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it 😊
      That quote is so true!
      I have lots of animal photos so the next time I do a related post i’ll put some different ones in! πŸ˜„
      Thank you for reading!

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  8. Wow, this is so beautiful. I rarely see people getting into the field out of the kindness of their hearts for animals so I am pleased. May your heart be ever blessed with love and prosperity! This post made my day!❀️

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  9. Love this post and completely agree with you! You’re doing the degree for three years so it definitely needs to be something you love. Also I love the photos, the animals are too cute!xx

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    1. Thank you! 😊 yeah and its a lot of money..You don’t want to waste it on something you hate! Thank you, animals are always good subjects to take photos of! 😍
      Thank you for reading! xxx

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  10. Congrats to you for doing your degree. No schooling is easy so Gratz on the accomplishment! Can’t believe the KFC comment. The type of degree doesn’t matter as much as how a person applies it. You’re working hard to apply yours so only good things can come from that. Plus you did what you love so that’s amazing as well. Good luck with the job search! When you find it you’ll be doing something you love for a living and not many people can say that. πŸ‘πŸ€—

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  11. This is so inspiring, and the animals are so cute! I study creative writing & drama and theatre, I’m very unsure of what my future looks like but I know that I’m currently studying what I’m passionate about and that I’m working hard, so hell no do I regret my degree choice despite the fact that people assume I’m headed for unemployment! The truth is it’s extremely difficult to get a job in ANY field these days, so may as well try for a career you actually care about and whilst you’re studying, enjoy yourself! Learn more about what makes you happy! What’s the point in doing a degree that means nothing to you?
    I really enjoyed reading this x

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    1. Ah bless you, thank you for taking the time to comment and sharing your degree story! So good to hear you’ve decided to do what you love, good luck with it 😊 so glad you enjoyed reading, thank you for the kind words! X

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  12. Thank you so much for making this post! I have used all of my current fin aid on switching degrees I honestly thought would make me money, not the one I was actually interested in! I may have the opportunity to go back as a Wildlife Rehabilitation/ Educator. I have been debating if I want to for it would be at least four more years and a bunch of money! But animals and traveling are my passion, and I would love to go around the world helping animals where I can. So until i am able to go back to school, I am working on a travel agent certification! I would love to be able to get in touch with you if you have the time! Thank you for being so inspiring!

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    1. Ah bless you, thanks so much for your kind words! I so hope you get the opportunity to get into a wildlife degree of some kind! It’s so hard weighing up the money and time issue, but if it’s what you really want to do and you are able to do it then go for it! 😊
      Of course, feel free to get in touch, I’m more than happy to chat 😊
      Good luck!

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