Hey, Julie here 👋
It’s that time of year where some of you may be wondering whether or not to apply to university before the January deadline.
It’s a tough decision, and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. University can be a great option, but many people go for the wrong reasons.
Wrong reasons to go to university
👉Because your friends are going
👉Because it’s the done thing
👉Because you think a degree will automatically land you a high-paying job
👉Because you want to move out
Let’s explore some pros and cons…
✅3 pros of university
- Develops your knowledge
- Internationally recognised qualification
- Necessary for certain roles
❌3 cons of university
- Costly (average of £40,000 debt)
- Usually takes 3 years to complete
- Doesn’t always pay off
Questions to ask yourself when considering university
1️⃣Am I applying to university in order to get a certain job? If so, what job?
2️⃣Is a degree necessary for me to land that job?
3️⃣Are there any other courses I could do instead?
Alternatives to university
Online courses: Sometimes all you need to do to get your foot in the door is show you’re capable of a certain skill. This method can be quick and effective!
Volunteering: A great way to gain experience for your CV and to demonstrate your enthusiasm!
Apprenticeships: You’ll still gain a formal qualification, but you’ll also gain hands on experience and be presented with a job at the end of it.
📲Why not browse our graduate jobs to see what opportunities would be available to you?