People Who Went

Learn from the people who went before you and read our interviews with several former students who made the decision to go to Uni. Select the category to see students from their specific professions.

Rima

Rima

What is your current occupation?  

Graduate analyst at Barclays Wealth

What did/do you study at university? 

Bsc Government and Economics

Which university did you study at?

London School of Economics (LSE)

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma (please say which subjects e.t.c.) ?

A-levels – Further Maths, Maths, Economics, German

Why did you choose to go to university?

Mostly interest in the subject, meeting different sorts of people and wanting to be in a bigger city. It’s a lot about the experience.

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Definitely. First year was good for the new experiences but final year was my favourite because you have your good friends and you know the university, the area, how to handle the exams and the best places to go! I was also lucky enough to meet a lot of different kind of people with the massive international student population at my Univeristy so have friends around the world now. 

What have you gained from your time at university?

Firstly a degree! Secondly is experience in a new place and simple life skills like flat hunting, email etiquette and stuff you don’t realise you’ve picked up. My university is an especially socially active university too so thirdly I learnt a lot about current issues and ways to tackle problems on any scale. And finally, incredible friends, lecturers and even business contacts!

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

The societies at any university really are amazing. For example, the Hindu society at my university takes part in a national sports competition for other Hindu societies around the country and it’s nice to see about 5000 like-minded people coach down to Nottingham to cheer on their university and play. 

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary?

In banking, I don’t feel like my particular degree mattered much considering the other graduate in my team was a religious studies and philosophy graduate. However, the life skills you always hear mentioned really do matter in finance and I think university helped me really improve them so it was necessary. Besides that, realistically your university qualification is the first thing a HR person will look at when looking through your CV.

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

I definitely would do it all again, maybe pick a few more modules that are unconventional but interesting. I’d do it again because the social experiences and living in central London alone made it worthwhile.

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Build your CV, do something extra-curricular but make sure it excites you; it keeps you sane through the year and you have something to talk about in interviews when you graduate. Keeping a good relationship with your tutors and lecturers is also a big help, you’d be surprised how much they’d be willing to help you out during/after exams if you’ve taken them for a drink or two. 

Anything else (comments on anything else you feel relevant to prospective university students.)

If you’re interested in Banking, try and get an internship as early as possible. They run internships for first years (Spring weeks) during Easter and if you can get onto a few of those, it makes progressing onto a full summer internship and a graduate job offer SO much easier and cuts out the long hunt for a job after graduation. Time is of the essence for the applications so the earlier the better. Finally, do your research on the divisions within a Bank (IBD, PWM, risk, operations, sales & trading, etc), there are a lot of them in there so if you’re focussed from the beginning and you know where you want to go, that’ll come across in applications and interviews.

Kwaku

Kwaku

What is your current occupation?  

Investment Banking – Electronic Trading Technology at JP Morgan   

What did/do you study at university? 

MEng Electronic Engineering

Which university did you study at?

Queen Mary, University of London

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma (please say which subjects e.t.c.) ?

A-levels - Maths, Physics and Chemistry

Why did you choose to go to university?

It was the natural step for me as I wanted to develop the passion I had for maths and physics. 

Did you enjoy your time at university?

I enjoyed university a lot. Now that I have started full time work, I have realised that many students take their time at university for granted. My advice would be to enjoy your university life to the fullest however, don’t let it affect your studies!

What have you gained from your time at university?

A great education, which has equipped me with the right competencies to find a great graduate job. In addition, it has also provided me with the opportunity to make new friends and associates from diverse backgrounds and a multitude of degree disciplines. Ultimately it has given me the most important network I will ever need!     

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

I was able to compete in university basketball, which provided a competitive league to further my love for basketball. Whilst is also granted me access to the Afro Caribbean Society. In addition many internship opportunities are only available to university students. I was able to experience an internship to China with a telecoms firm called ZTE and also an internship with JP Morgan which lead to my current graduate position! Both of these internships were not available to non-students.

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary?

I believe university is very important. If you aspire to obtain a top tier graduate job it is usually a pre-requisite to that you have obtained a university degree. Although you may not directly apply everything you studied at university in your job, the way university is structured (i.e. degree format, dealing with a diverse set of people, group work, competition between your peers, extra curricular activities) equips you with vital skills required to succeed in the work place.

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

I would possibly go again for an MBA or PhD in future.   

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Have fun, get a minimum of a 2:1, join a lot of societies and establish a network. On a personal note, I know people who only studied and did not get involved in societies or extra-curricular and although they got a first class, they have not got a job due to their lack of social skills. At the end of the day, recruiters will employ smart and likeable characters.    

Anything else (comments on anything else you feel relevant to prospective university students.)

Enjoy the Experience!

Aran

Aran

What is your current occupation?  

NHS Doctor

What did/do you study at university? 

Biomedical Science and Medicine

Which university did you study at?

Queen Mary, University of London/Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma (please say which subjects e.t.c.) ?

A-levels – Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics with Statistics

Why did you choose to go to university?

To get a degree and become a doctor. 

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Yes, very much so.

What have you gained from your time at university?

The maturity from living on my own, the ability to interact with a diverse range of people, good friends that I am still in contact with, both work and sports related.

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

Rowing and Basketball club.

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary?

Yes and it was an essential part of growing up for me.

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

I would go again to do a Masters in Sports Medicine particularly at Queen Mary, University of London as I find the people very friendly and of a diverse mix. 

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Do it and do as many activities as your workload will allow you to do so you can meet interesting people, but never forget your end goal to get a high degree

Nikhil

Nikhil

What is your current occupation?

Medical Student  

What did you/do you study at university?

Medicine with an intercallated BSc in Medical Physics 

Which university did you go to?

University College London (UCL)

What route did you take into university?

Undergraduate straight from College, although I took a gap year in between to gain experience in the medical field and to clarify my choice in degree.

Why did you choose to go to university?

Firstly I really wanted to carry on with education and I was pretty set on studying medicine and so it made perfect sense to go to University. I had also heard from a lot of people that University is one of the most enjoyable times of your life and I really wanted to experience that (and so far it has been great) . It is really incredible to live and work independently and with people from all different cultures and backgrounds, you meet so many people who you will be friends with for the rest of your life.

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Studying at UCL has been very enjoyable, I have met so many incredible people in my time and I am sure I will meet many more in the years to come. Medicine has been difficult, but it has also been satisfying and I am really looking forward to the next few years.

What have you gained from your time at university?

A lot of great friends from different backgrounds, knowledge, experience and confidence that is invaluable and useful nearly everywhere and hopefully a degree in the future too!

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

There is so many extra-curricular activities that it would take up the whole page to list them all, but the main thing is that there is a huge variety to cater to everyone, they are more widely available,  and much cheaper than they would be as a non-student. 

Knowing what you know now, do you feel university was necessary?

Definitely, if I had not gone to university I would be a completely different person and I am sure I would not be nearly as accomplished or successful as I feel I am now. 

Would you go again and what’s your reason for your answer?

Yes! in fact I am trying to stick around for 6 years just for an undergraduate degree because its so enjoyable. There is just so much you will learn at university and I don't mean just from books and lectures, its really something everyone should try. 

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course? 

If you are really interested in something then you should definitely pursue it into further education, make sure you have fun but remember why you are at university, and make the most of it.

Alaa

Alaa

What is your current occupation?

Microbiologist

What did/do you study at university?

FdSc Forensic Science and Crime Scene investigation and BSc Forensic Biology

Which university did you study at?

Queen Mary’s university and Nottingham Trent

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma?      

A-levels

Why did you choose to go to university?

I enjoy learning and wanted to experience the independence and journey of university.

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Yes I thoroughly enjoyed university.

What have you gained from your time at university?

At university I met many new people, became independent, learn discipline and furthered my education allowing me to become a microbiologist!

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

At university I was able to experience societies and clubs, which I wouldn’t have been able to as a non-student. This gave me endless opportunities.

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary and why?

University was necessary because it allowed me to expand on something I truly enjoy doing and benefited me in so many ways, one of which is allowing me to become a microbiologist!

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

Yes I would.  I would like to complete a PhD or might direct my attention towards studying Medicine, this is because i would like to improve my scientific knowledge and get the best out of my learning experience at university.

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

The rest of your life starts when you begin university so take it very serious, pay attention to your lecturers, attend all your lessons and study hard; you have the key to your future and you can chose if you want it to be successful or not. However, try to have fun at the same time, you need to find the right balance.

Anything else

University is a lot of fun and you should go with an open mind!

 Metash

Metash

What is your current occupation? 

Currently an undergraduate dental student in my 4th year of study.

What did you/do you study at university?

Dentistry 

Which university do you go to?

The University of Dundee

What route did you take into university?

I went to Sixth Form College where I sat Maths and Science A-Levels. I met the academic requirements to apply for the 5 year BDS Dentistry undergraduate course at University.

Why did you choose to go to university?

At an early age I have always wanted to do something creative and work with my hands as well as help people feel better about their appearance. Thus creating the perfect smile for someone appealed a lot to me, so I chose to go to University to study Dentistry! 

Did you enjoy your time at university? 

Most definitely, it's an invaluable experience.

What have you gained from your time at university?

Not only just the temperament, skills and knowledge required to be a dentist, but a vast array of other experiences which have moulded me into the articulate, confident character I am today. To name a few gains, it has enabled me to network and make friends with people from all walks of life. It's taught me how to budget, handle my finances, organise my time well and more importantly how to cook! I’ve been told I make a good cannelloni! 

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

After realising that there was a lack of Bhangra nights out for the growing amount of Indian students, I was able to create my own university society. We were able to arrange many student events centred around the sound of Bhangra music. The lively sound of this genre of music proved to be very popular for both Indians and non Indians alike. We are currently in the process of holding an Asian style fashion show event. 

I joined enterprise gym, a business enterprise company helping students develop their business skills. We were given guidance to help develop our own business ideas which were then taken forward and pitched in front of top business wo(men) in the format of a dragons den style competition. An invaluable business lesson regardless of who won. 

I was selected to become part of the Dundee dance hip hop competition squad. I had the opportunity to compete with student dancers representing Universities all over the UK. This was most definitely an unforgettable, 'Step Up' like experience. I then decided to make my own team focusing on breakdance which has been just recently affiliated with the Universities Dance Club. 

I was also able to fuel my creativity outside of Dentistry by designing numerous logos and posters for other University societies. 

There is an endless amount of extracurricular activities you can get involved in and this makes it so unique to students.

Knowing what you know now, do you feel university was necessary?

Besides it being necessary for me to become a professional Dentist, I found that the contacts I have now would have been difficult to acquire if I did not attend University. University for me seemed like the world’s population condensed into a small area. A multicultural diverse hub in which you become part of and have the opportunity to get as much out of as your heart desires.

Would you go again and what’s your reason for your answer?

Yes because I really enjoyed making so many new friends to the point where my facebook friends list went into overdrive. 

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Don’t spend your student loan in one go. Try maintaining a good work ethic so you can have time to get involved in the numerous University societies. Try something new! For me it was Street Dance and it has turned into a passion! You get out what you put in. Don't be lazy, keep active and eat well since you'll need the energy! The more things you get involved in, the more your character will develop, the more sellable you will become to your future employers. It's a win-win situation. 

12) Anything else…

Not much apart from enjoy yourself especially first year. Be sure to work hard and party hard!  

Udo

Udo

What is your current occupation?

Humanities Teacher

What did/do you study at university?

BSC Social Sciences

Which university did you study at?

Middlesex University

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma (please say which subjects e.t.c.) ?

A-levels - Sociology, Politics, Law

Why did you choose to go to university?

Because I wanted to further my studies and experience university.

Did you enjoy your time at university?   

I absolutely loved university and grew as a person a lot!

What have you gained from your time at university?

I gained independence, time management, communication skills and adaptability which is integral in the working world!

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

During university I was able to experience many clubs and socieities!

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary?

Yes definitely.

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

Yes, because my degree was very interesting as well as challenging on many levels. In addition, the lecturers were always around to help. I learnt so many transferable skills that are transferable to the working world and also social settings.

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Make sure you pick the right course and University. Many students do not properly research the course in which they want to embark on, and find themselves unable to cope with the work or environment around them.

Anything else (comments on anything else you feel relevant to prospective university students.)

University is not only fun but also the first step towards your career, so take it seriously!

 

Richard

Richard

What is your current occupation?

Commercial Advisor for Shell U.K. Ltd

What did/do you study at university?

Geography and Remote Sensing

Which university did you study at?

 University College London

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma?

 A-levels

Why did you choose to go to university?

Employment opportunities / Life experience

Did you enjoy your time at university?

 Yes

What have you gained from your time at university?

University provided me with opportunities for working with others that have proved very valuable experience for the workplace. I’ve also learned to work and learn different skills far more effectively than I could have done before I went to university.

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

I was a member of the University of London Air Squadron – This is an organisation I would recommend to any student, it’s provided me with some of the best friends, best times and some of the hardest lessons I’ve ever learned. It allowed me to follow my passion for flying aircraft; playing sports and doing more with my time than I thought was possible.

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary and why?

I do, because I would not be the person I am now without the experiences I have had over the course of my time at university. At the simplest level I would not have been able to get the job I have now without my degree but I would also not have been able to perform as I did at interviews without the lessons I learned at University and the University of London Air Squadron.

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

Yes. The more you learn at university, the more you realise you’ve only just scratched the surface of what you could learn.

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Work hard at everything you do; be it sports, study or partying. You will get out of university what you put into it.

Anything else...

Don’t be disheartened if things don’t go the way you planned. Enjoy all the things that uni has and all the things that you are good at. If you find the career you wanted is closed to you, or has changed from what you thought, there will be many different and exciting opportunities just around the corner.

 

Edwin

Edwin

What is your current occupation?

I am the Founder and The Water Guy at GiveMeTap

What did you/do you study at university?

I did my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and then completed my PhD in Applied Mathematics.

Which university do you go to?

Both my undergrad and postgrad degrees were completed at The University of Manchester.

What route did you take into university?

I studied 3 A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Computing

Why did you choose to go to university?

I didn’t really think of any other alternative. I wanted to further my knowledge and so University was the ideal place to do so.

Did you enjoy your time at university?

LOVED IT! Best 8 years of my life.

What have you gained from your time at university?

Besides getting amazing qualifications that put me in good stead for any chosen career I have developed so much personally. I have gained confidence, independence, life-long friends, and developed my passion for living. Also University was the place were I nurtured my interest in reading books. Now I have a massive collection of books.

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

I took so many opportunities up. They was a time when I wanted to go into investment banking, and so I took up the University’s mentoring programme and was assigned a mentor from CitiGroup. I was part of my University Entrepreneur society where I was the ventures director who was responsible for recognising great student business ideas and offering them funding to kick start it. I entered several business competitions at the University and was awarded Runner-up in the Venture Further competition.

Knowing what you know now, do you feel university was necessary?

Yes. The personal development is second to none.

Would you go again and what’s your reason for your answer?

Yes definitely, university is an amazing experience and a great opportunity to broaden your networks! 

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Choose a general degree subject which covers broad topics. Specialising should only be done at post-grad level. Choosing broad subjects gives you greater choices when looking for employment. Take advantage of all the resources that are available to you – there are so many.

Anything else…

Make the most of your time at university! Be open-minded and broaden your networks! You will be meeting people from all over the world.

Adam

Adam

What is your current occupation?

Project Analyst at Mars.

What did you/do you study at university?

BA (Hons) Business Studies with Operations and Project Management

Which university did you go to?

Bournemouth University

What route did you take into university?

A Levels: VCE Double Award Business Studies, Product Design.

Why did you choose to go to university?

To provide me with a platform to build a successful future career in business. I specifically opted to undertake a Sandwich course in order to gain firsthand experience into a multinational company. – this year in industry (at Mercedes-Benz) significantly developed my knowledge in the industry and increased my understanding of the functions of a globally prestigious organisation. 

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Yes – it was the best time of my life.

What have you gained from your time at university?

My 3 academic years at university provided me with a broad range of knowledge in different areas of business, including: Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Strategic Management, Project Management and many more. The theories and methodologies studied allowed me to understand the fundamental elements that are within any small-large organisation.

My industrial placement was an excellent learning experience, providing me with the exposure to understand how a business within the automotive industry runs. I also was given lots of responsibility, which was highly rewarding. The knowledge gained from this was utilised in my final year at university, allowing me to obtain a First Class degree.

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

Sports: football, swimming, boxing.

Other: Becoming a member of the Association of Project Management (APM) and attending conferences.

Knowing what you know now, do you feel university was necessary?

Absolutely. Without the academic and industrial experience obtained at University, I would not have had the credentials to be an employable candidate for the role I am currently in. Especially in the economic climate we are facing currently, it is important to have a strong academic background on your CV.

As well as this experience, it is a great life experience that allows you to grow and develop as an individual, to get you ready for a professional, successful career.

Would you go again and what’s your reason for your answer?

I would definitely go again as the people you meet, knowledge you gain and memories you have are priceless.

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

Get involved with as many activities both at Uni and outside of it as you can. This way you can socialise with a large amount of people and make the most of your time at University.

Anything else…

Don’t let apprehension put you off – everyone goes to University for the same reason and is in the same boat – it’ll be the time of your life!        

Nitesh

Nitesh

What is your current occupation?

Recent Graduate 

What did you/do you study at university?

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Which university did you go to?

The University of Sheffield

What route did you take into university?

Entry straight after completing A-levels 

Why did you choose to go to university?

To gain a qualification and demonstrate my skills in the area I want to pursue a career.

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Yes, an excellent experience.

What have you gained from your time at university?

Besides the degree qualification it has been an excellent opportunity for developing a variety of skills necessary when leaving life as a student and functioning in the world. It is also an excellent place to establish life-long contacts and provides a higher stepping stone into further personal and career development.

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

There were a very wide range of activities which students could take part in through joining university societies, from a variety of sports to arts. Many societies would then host various student events or take part in competitions only for students.

Knowing what you know now, do you feel university was necessary?

This depends on the career aspirations which, in my case, it was necessary to obtain the qualification to demonstrate my technical skills. However there are alternative routes into many careers which do not necessarily require university attendance. I do feel it does provide a greater exposure to the world through becoming more involved with people from many backgrounds and interests, and is a good early gauge for if you’re considering a potential international career. 

Would you go again and what’s your reason for your answer?

Definitely, because there is always something to do any time you like, in terms of academia, extracurricular activities, or even just socializing. Also at my university getting involved in any activity was very easy due to effective organisation and being in close proximity to the university area.  

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

It is best to try get into a routine of working 9am-5pm on most days, depending on your course and extracurricular involvement, as it prepares you for the expectation during full time employment. Also then you can relax a lot more knowing you are on top of your work. 

Anything else…

Get involved, there is plenty of time to acquire a wide range of experiences, so it’s best not be lazy with any spare time you have, make most of it because the time will fly-by.     

Tom

Tom

What is your current occupation?  

Design Engineer & Project Manager

What did/do you study at university? 

Mechanical Engineering MEng (4 Years)

Which university did you study at?

University of Sheffield

What route did you take into university i.e. A-levels or National Diploma (please say which subjects e.t.c.) ?

A-levels – Further Maths, Maths, Economics, German

Why did you choose to go to university?

You can only get to a certain level in most jobs without a degree, and a lot of employers seemed to demand a degree as standard.  It seemed like the right path to get a good career that could really take me places and allow me to earn more money!

Did you enjoy your time at university?

Uni was definitely one of the best things I've ever done in my life!  There were so many opportunities and experiences that I simply wouldn't have even considered or been able to have done, if I hadn't of gone.  I could not recommend it enough - ask almost anyone who's been to uni they'll always tell you 'It was some of the best days of my life' – fact!

What have you gained from your time at university?

As much as you don't expect it to, your time at uni will shape the person who you become and is the transition into the 'real' working world.  From my time at uni I gained lifelong friends, a social & professional network, a whole manner of academic and social skills, and ridiculously fun experience that molded my personality - I also somehow got a degree along the way which is pretty useful!  

What extra-curricular opportunities were you presented with at university, which as a non-student you could not have undertaken?

The number of extracurricular opportunities available to a student is absolutely endless - you literally could do ANYTHING.  I opted to join the Uni American Football team and it became a massive part of my Uni experience - I loved it! 

After my first summer vacation of working in a shop, I decided I wanted to mix it up a bit and ended up jetting off to work at a kids’ summer camp in the USA.  I would never have had this opportunity if I wasn't at Uni, and I ended up loving it so much I went back another 3 summers running AND met my girlfriend along the way!  It gave me the opportunity to see the USA, meet amazing people, as well as earn money during my summer breaks to fund the partying for when I got back to Uni!  

 

Knowing what you know now do you feel that university was necessary?

Uni's expensive but having a job that you love that's going to take you places is priceless!  I doubt I’d be able to have the job I have now without going to Uni, and even if I could I'd deffinitely be significantly older and wouldn't have had the amazing opportunities & experiences that I've had.  I think I’d almost be a different person!  

Would you go again and what’s the reason for your answer?

Yes absolutely would go again.  Even if it the tuition fees are MADNESS and the living costs are high, there are student loans available.  I don't put student loans and 'regular' loans in the same category, so I don't see the student debt as such a big issue. 

Uni gets you a degree that gets you a wicked job (if you work for it).  The scheme for paying back the student loans is based on your income and so you pay a small payment out of your pay-cheque each month - so it's not as painful as it’s made out to be. 

Yes I'll probably be paying my student back until I retire BUT is it worth it?  YES.  ABSOLUTELY.

What advice would you give to students about to embark on a university course?

 Get involved in everything you can: sports, societies, events, parties, clubs, competitions, everything!!!  You'll be nervous at first but just remember everyone else is in the same position as you so just go for it - get out your comfort zone a bit and you'll be surprised how much you learn from it. 

When I applied for graduate jobs, I was up against hundreds if not thousands of grads applying for just a few positions.  All graduates have got a degree (duh!) - but not all graduates take advantage of the opportunities available to them.  Go aborad, get a part time job, lead a sports team, volunteer, and enter competitions, anything!!  It's the skills you pick up from these experiences that employers WANT and what makes YOU employable. 

Get involved -> Gain skills -> Stand out -> Get the job.

Playing hard also means working hard!  Yes I know I sound like your mother but remember you're at Uni to get a degree (if you're not then you're wasting a lot of money & time!) so work your face off whilst also partying all you can.  Get the balance right to get the most out of the whole Uni experience.

Anything else (comments on anything else you feel relevant to prospective university students.)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) degrees are challenging but VERY in demand from employers.  There are also opportunities to get additional financial support if you study these subjects because STEM graduates are in short supply!  Combining a STEM degree with getting involved to make sure you expand your non-academic skills is an absolute recipe for success!