Claire Corlett

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Study What You Love – Andy Fisher

Study What You Love – Andy Fisher

The Arts Careers Event is for all the Arts
students in the University. And it’s an event to really promote careers for Arts students,
to give them a sense of what a career in the Arts might be, because Arts graduates are
very, very employable, they’re just not aware of that sometimes. And it’s just showing them
the services the University can provide and the support we can provide for them, and getting
them thinking about it from day one. So there’s a whole raft of things. There’s Arts graduates
who are in employment already and are coming to talk, so Alumni, which is really useful,
so it’s from the horse’s mouth. They say, “Look, I did an Arts degree and I’ve got a
great job”. So they’re not lying to you, right, this is true. And there’s also all the Careers
Service facilities. So they talk about the drop-in sessions, they talk about My Career,
which is a portal which allows you to investigate different careers, different employers who
have got stalls. And there’s also the Nottingham Advantage Award, which is an award that students
can do, which shows that they’ve done extracurricular activities. And so they might be going into
schools and help primary schools learn to read, and that means that they get an official
accreditation for, award for that. You’ve got to live with yourself forever.
So you’ve got to be happy in what you do and doing a study, a degree that you love, is
going to mean that your time, not only at University but in the future, is going to
be happy, happier. I believe that if you’re doing something you love, you love it for
a reason, namely you’re probably very good at that, which means that you are going to
do better at it. So rather than saying, “Oh, I’ve got to go to a lecture in this, and I
don’t really want to do it, but in some distant future I might be more employable”, you could
live like that, but I think that you’ll be inherently unhappy most of your life, because
there’ll be a cognitive dissonance in you saying, “Oh, I really wished fifty years ago
I’d done that, because that’s what I really enjoy.” The one thing that I’m also aware of is that,
that in The University of Nottingham, Arts incorporates lots of things. So it won’t be
just say, the typical classics and history, but also the languages as well. Languages
is amazingly important, right, because it’s not just about learning syntax, and it’s about
learning cultures. And this multicultural country and, you know, the way that the, the,
the world is getting smaller through Communications, these are just key skills. So within Arts,
you have languages and that’s just really fundamentally important as well. The employability market is changing, and
you’re going to be in lots of different jobs, you’re going to move around, typically. Now
what the Arts graduate, the degree will give you, is just a flexibility to, to teach you,
learn on your own, a sense of independence, a flexibility and an adaptability which I
think is really essential. I think one rule I can tell you about Arts
graduates is that there’s no rule about where they go. And that’s a brilliant thing. Sometimes
before people take up an Arts degree, someone might say to someone, “Yeah, but I’m doing
chemistry so I’m going to just be a chemist. What are you gonna do?” Right, well, the fact
is they can do loads of stuff, whereas the Chemist could be perhaps more, more limited
in what they do. So things that typically they go into are perhaps government, politics,
law, lawyers, barristers, solicitors. They might go into teaching, journalism, lots of
stuff, yeah.

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