Why The Worst Earning Degrees Still Matter
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Why The Worst Earning Degrees Still Matter

Jasmyne Jeffery June 29, 2022

The Telegraph has released the ten worst earning degrees, but it’s not just money that’s important when picking a degree.

The so-called ‘Mickey Mouse’ degrees are the ones that are worst in value. While how much you’ll earn is definitely something to consider when picking your subject, it shouldn’t be what drives you. Degrees such as medicine, law and engineering will probably guarantee you a job, and one that pays pretty well too. But if it’s not an area you’re interested in or good at, then what’s the point?

Here’s the list that the Telegraph has compiled:

From The Telegraph ‘The ‘Mickey Mouse degrees that are the worst value for money’

Don’t be disheartened if your degree is on the list – mine is too. Yet I don’t regret my choice of degree. In fact, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

The treatment of the arts

What most of the worst-earning degrees have in common is a creative aspect – something that is continually shunned and not appreciated enough in society. I have always loved the creative arts. I first learnt how the arts are really treated when my secondary school compiled drama and music into one lesson. My local college has removed photography and creative media as courses even though there are plenty of students who want to do them

Look at how the treatment of the arts during the lockdowns. It’s easy to see what those in power think about something so crucial to society.

The arts should have our complete support, just like this group of creatives have been doing, instead of tearing it down.

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Passion over pay

‘University allowed me to see that there’s more than money when it comes to a career,’ one interviewee for The Telegraph said, and I couldn’t agree more.

What are you more likely to regret: never having a high-paying job, or never having a job that you loved?

It’s a bit of a slap in the face for those who to the worst-earning degrees. That, purely motivated by money, we should give up our passions.

The issue with some of these degrees and that they don’t come with any work experience. I know that mine certainly didn’t. With most employers wanting experience in x, y and z, it’s no surprise these are the worst earning degrees when they don’t necessarily give us an advantage.

However, I love that about my degree – the freedom of jobs. I can try a whole range of things associated with my degree and still be earning money. Maybe not the best money in the world, but isn’t that worth it for doing something you enjoy?

Yeah, I may not live to earn the most money, but at least I won’t be criticising those that do.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.