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    Looking to study (sociology) in the UK and establish residency. Who isn’t?? I’ve got an undergrad degree from an excellent school (Lesley University, Cambridge, USA) in psych with a specialization in art therapy. That’s gone nowhere as I’ve got no postgrad. Jobs at that level pay less than I can make working a crummy service industry job, no good!

    At first I thought I’d hit a doctorate program right away but now thinking to get a second bachelor’s as I have been out of school for nearly 10 years now, I think it would be wise to get back into the swing and get comfortable in my new land. And though the majors are related they are not quite the same and would like a stronger competency in my intended major.

    Of course I’d like to get as best funded as possible, too ;) And want to know if I am in school long enough would it fulfill the time requirements to establish permanent residency as a citizen?

    On top of educational interests, I’ve had a lifelong desire to go to England. It’s just called to me since I was a kid and every bit about England seems to draw me in more – dare I say seduce me??? I have some friends over there but no one who really knows the ins and outs of an American heading over, and there’s the complications of school.

    I think that’s about it!

    Thanks for any help and positive feedback! :bye:


    I’ve got a 2:1 hons degree in Applied Env Science I did do teacher training but way too stressful for me.
    Since my degree I’ve ran a pet shop worked as a groundworker, installed cable media and railway maintenance and drove buses. Not a lot of call for my degree in any of that.
    Doesn’t mention how old you are, I was 40 when I graduated, no one wants you when you’re old :scratch:
    I’d research work opportunities first, if you’re up to teaching then that’s always a career path


    Welcome aboard! Have you started looking at any specific schools in the UK yet, or are you just playing around with the idea of doing a post-grad course in the UK?


    Hi Pete! Thanks for those ideas. I am 37 and was concerned about age, but I asked my good professor friend at Manchester about it being a problem and he’s said it definitely is not. Maybe because he went into teaching ;) I would think your degree is so specialized as to not be very flexible for a career path, though I admittedly know very little about your major. With sociology I would prefer doing research to teaching and would ideally transition from an internship into a paying job or at least have referrals and recommendations for fitting employment. I suppose being a professor would be alright, but I have no idea whether or not that’s competitive over there. Having worked in group homes with kids I dont really want to work with loads of kids – not because I dislike them, I get too attached and protective of them! That’s also part of my reasons I am turning off from the avenue of therapist in general.

    ChatHostUK… “CHUcK”? Thanks for the welcome :) I’ve just started looking for schools. And coming here is part of that, I dont want to chase after something on my own if I can get advice from people who know what they’re talking about!

    If for whatever reason my school strategy doesn’t pan out, is there any hope for a little American me to come over to live? Seems that the resources I’m looking at are saying “no”.

    I really do know incredibly little about all of this – finding you has been one of my very first steps.

    Thanks guys!


    To be honest probably not specialised enough, if you want an environmental chemist hire an applied chemist, or if you want an environmental physicist hire an applied phsyicist.
    How do you get to be a professor in the US ? It might be different here. A doctorate would give you the chance at a university teaching job, a degree for school teacher after a one year course.

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