Hi, I think I'm interested in studying Linguistics at university for reasons I'm too tired to go into - it is genuinely a very interesting field which I am passionate about - and I was wondering how realistic such an option is. I have no clue what I want to do with a degree in Linguistics: career-wise. I've always wanted to go into academic research, namely sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and metalinguistics. Again, I don't now how realistic such an idea is. Can you give me any advice/experience?
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I certainly cannot give you personal experience, but I will advise you to explore this option! Studying Linguistics at university is fantastic and most certainly realistic, especially if you’re passionate about it.
Before considering careers, definitely check out your college choices beforehand for good Linguistics departments. The benefit of knowing what you want to study is that you can choose a school that caters to that particular interest.
After that, it’s really difficult to give advice because it’s hard to pin Linguistics (or really, even sub-fields) to just a few major careers. Here are two posts from this blog that will, hopefully, help you discover some options: one, two