Roz talks about her undergrad degree and PhD not equipping her for anything in the job market
Chapter details: Roz feels in retrospect that she perhaps should have done something more vocational rather than her PhD and regrets the fact that although she enjoyed the intellectual development on her English undergrad course, she can't change a tyre...
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Subject: English Literature
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Well to be honest from a career development standpoint I think doing a PhD was a complete waste of time. It probably would have been better if I'd finished my undergrad and then done some kind of Law conversion course or something vocational because it's like now I'm going on 28 and I'm thinking 'Should I find a vocational course that will teach me how to be a plumber?' There's nothing, there are no jobs anywhere and now I have a PhD in a subject that isn't particularly vocational and won't really get me anywhere unless I want to stay in academia which I don't. Yeah, so a bit of a waste of time, really. I should have done something more … something that would have been more of a transferable skill. 

So that's how you feel about what you did after the degree.

Oh you mean the undergrad itself?

That's my next question, how do you feel about the undergrad degree in retrospect?

I was thinking about this yesterday actually, I did English Lit, I really enjoyed it. I don't read anymore but I enjoyed it at the time. I don't know, I think I'd probably do it again from an intellectual development standpoint or at least exposure to different modes of thinking about things and certain kinds of, I suppose, philosophies and certain branches of critical theory. It's not necessarily any exposure that I would have got from a different kind of degree, where I would have been … methodologically there would have been differences that would have perhaps influenced the way that I think about things and, I don't know, I guess I quite … I liked having that exposure to the intellectual stuff but I mean it's not really equipped me to do anything, do you know what I mean? It's like I love a bit of Foucault but I can't, you know, change a tyre. It's fine.