Is University all it’s hyped up to be?

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One of the main reasons I decided to rent a little corner of the internet was due to confusion, as alluded to on my ‘About’ page.

My quandary is this: should I go to university or jump straight into industry?

Pros to University:
Better employability prospects
More responsibility
Life experience
A chance to discover new fields, which I may not have considered before
A degree is becoming a prerequisite for most leading industries

Cons to University:
Debt
Fierce competition with graduates for jobs
Wasted time? I.e. a 2:2 (most employers only consider applicants with a 2:1 or higher)
Alternatives, such as School Leaver Programmes which offer studying alongside paid work
It’s easier to get your ‘foot in the door’ at 18/19
Insufficient earnings after university for some degrees

At the moment, I’m split evenly. I have applied to do ab-initio Italian with German, with the view that I love languages and they are broad enough to encompass numerous job prospects.

I am sure that I am not the only one currently facing this dilemma, so for those I’ve found The Student Ladder to be particularly concise and informative above anything else. Any advice or comments on your own situations would be greatly appreciated!

KW

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Shaf
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Shaf

I quite university in my 2nd year of exams of psychology because I didnt enjoy it. I got a job as a waiter, 6 months later became a manager and then I pursued a management career in various ventures. It hasnt been a easy path but unless you go to university with a specific career in mind your better off working. Looking back at it now, I should of followed through and beckme a DR, done law or investment banking. This is in hensight, but to be honest I live pretty well for someone who has no degree. I gained… Read more »

Marion Edwards
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Marion Edwards

Hi Katie, I studied Quantity Surveying in Stoke on Trent many, many years ago finally qualifying as a chartered surveyor following 7 years of study. As well as working in industry I teach part time – HND and HNC Construction – at Canterbury College and have just finished being a student again as I completed my Dip Ed (at 50). Katie I really, truly believe you will never, ever regret educating yourself and the life experience of moving away from home and being a student will broaden your outlook on life and create new challenges, new experiences, new opportunities and… Read more »

Shaz
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Shaz

I know I’m a lot older than you but I didn’t do my degree until I was in my 30’s & I was sure about the career path that I wanted to take. There are plenty of professional exams you can take without going to Uni that will lead to a good job e.g accounts, human resources, procurement. You can often work & study at the same time & generous employer’s will pay for these. Sometimes a degree will pigeon hole you in the one career eg try getting out of teaching into another career once you have qualified! Take… Read more »

Paul Spooner-Lillingston
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Paul Spooner-Lillingston

It is such a dilemma now compared to when I went to uni (90-93) so my thoughts might be more in line with your parents than your peers! In a nutshell those 3 years were the best of my life. The best!! I know You will be someone who embraces uni life and will love it! So- for a life experience it is unbelievable…and don’t underestimate how valuable that experience is. Whether your degree leads to your career (mine didn’t) it shows an ability to learn. A degree gets your cv on the table but the cliche that the person… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

This is rather brief but interesting and has some valid points. Though I am going to deconstruct this a little bit. Let’s consider the university vs not scenario one aspect at a time. The social aspect is superior in university; you do get to meet friends and great people being employed but you don’t get the time to explore who you are / what interests you have /really/ in the same way you do at university (i.e. by joining societies or even just meeting new people who may do things you’ve never thought of doing and you will actually have… Read more »

Alison Pretious
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Alison Pretious

Hi Katie In your reply to Tom above, you ask the question ” Do I pursue a career for pay check or enjoyment” In my eyes it has to be the latter…. As you know I did a working apprenticeship (5 years) and have never looked back, to this day I still love my work after 35 years! Remember you are working for a long time you may as well enjoy it! I went on to be a part time mature student at 40! , but once again I loved it, it was what I wanted to do…… As in… Read more »

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