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If you could go to university now, what would you study?

  • 26-10-2021 11:56am
    Registered Users Posts: 17,893 ✭✭✭✭ Ads by Google

    At age 34 and with one completely pointless and largely unused degree under my belt, I have a hankering to go back to university to study Computer Science. I've taught myself how to code as a means to an end over the last six or seven years, and had a moderately successful company for a while, and I'm studying hard to move into that field properly as an employee in the next year or two, but I'd love to actually go and do the full shebang. The more theoretical stuff. I consume so much information about this that I can never put into practice, simply because it's fascinating.

    Of course it's kind of impossible to actually do it without the means to do so, and I'm in the wrong country, but it's nice to think about.

    What would ye like to study? Or would you like to study again at all?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,325 ✭✭✭ Scuid Mhór

    Comparative mythology.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,327 ✭✭✭ pgj2015


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,893 ✭✭✭✭ Pherekydes

    Mathematics. I'm 61 so it's not going to happen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,756 ✭✭✭ Abominable Dr. Phibes

    Accountancy. Easiest way to make big bucks without having any particular talent or entrepreneurial spirit. An utterly joyless profession, but that’s why they hire in graduates.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,238 ✭✭✭ brainboru1104

    I studied economics and I work in a job that I like, so I don't think I'd be interested in studying right now.

    But when I retire I think I'll go back and study something like philosophy as a hobby.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,948 ✭✭✭✭ Loafing Oaf

    Ancient History/Classics

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,917 ✭✭✭ xieann

    First, a full time course that did NOT rely on me having to do a project with anybody else on the course.

    A C++ Games course with a specialisation in Physics

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  • Registered Users Posts: 26 generallyjack

    Do you mind me asking where you were studying? What were the dropout rates like?

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,191 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78

    im not sure i would go back to third level, after spending years in and out of it, a lot of the material is completely out of date, pointless in the real world of work, and im only recently figuring out, my brain just isnt designed for rote learning, and trying to make it fit is very pointless. since walking away from it, im actually far more productive and im learning at an astonishing rate, so maybe third level just isnt for me

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,238 ✭✭✭ brainboru1104

    I'm not sure what course you took, but rote learning in my degree was a direct route to a 2.2. grade.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,191 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78

    most of our system is based on it, primarily stem based

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,449 ✭✭✭ bogwalrus

    Cit. Drop out rate very high. I would say 25% of my year that started actually finished the 4 years.

    All the mature students finished though and there was around 10 or so out of 100.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,756 ✭✭✭ Abominable Dr. Phibes

    Make sure your fingers and palms don’t chafe, pal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 653 ✭✭✭ DarkJager21

    Music Production/Audio Engineering - I kick myself every day that I went down the IT rabbit hole without trying to do something I have a love for.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,504 ✭✭✭ Outkast_IRE

    Would not bother with university , Pilot training . An industry that you need approx 80k or so to get going in and it must be paid , no college can sling out thousands of graduates.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Law or psychology.

    Or a combination of elements of the above: criminology.

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  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Rey Alive Treble

    I couldnt afford to go when i left school (glad now i didnt)

    But if i was to go back id like to do something along lines of history or teaching......though gendar studies would be interesting to just see what they do be banging on about/taught behind it,but i doubt id sustain interest to see out several years of it

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,824 ✭✭✭ Trigger Happy

    I did electronic engineering and have never worked in that field. Would have liked to have done architecture.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,893 ✭✭✭✭ Pherekydes

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,238 ✭✭✭ brainboru1104

    Not my system. Not in my experience. Those who regurgitate got poor grades in my experience.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,815 ✭✭✭ LorenzoB

    Classics and archaeology

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,273 ✭✭✭ StupidLikeAFox

    I once had a barber with a degree in applied physics.