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Is University for me?
Why Do People Go To Uni?6th August 2010, 15:28
To 'use' their degree
The first and most important reason people go to university is that certain careers require an honours degree (or post-grad) as part of the route to becoming a professional in that chosen field. A typical example would be becoming a doctor or dentist.
Many students believe that holding a university degree makes them more employable and earn more money. This is reflected in many employers targeting their recruitment to the graduate market.
The student lifestyle
Students are stereotyped as being all-drinking, all-partying, never going to lectures and staying in to watch Deal or No Deal. Whilst this is all good and well, many people go to uni just for the lifestyle and no intention of working. However, a lot of students who fall under this category end up dropping out or find it difficult getting a job at the end of it. Everything in moderation...
Societies and clubs
Whether you're a budding chess player or a master debater, universities generally have a variety of clubs and societies to get your teeth into.
Even if someone is unable to be self reliable at first, character building is something they can potentially develop during their stay at university. Going to university presents an opportunity to have a more diverse life experience given the worldwide audience that university attracts. Meeting new people from a vast range of cultures and sharing in their own experiences is normally great towards personal development.
To move out
However, not all situations are favourable as to why people choose to go to university. Moving out and away from home can be one of them. The situation at home may not be amazing, perhaps to the extent which someone feels they need to leave home, going to uni being the quick and easy solution to escape.
Because 'everyone' else is going
It may seem that 'everyone' is going to uni and by going you won't feel left out, but in reality you'll probably find people do a whole range of different things. Uni can be the easy route in some respects and many chose to follow the crowd, and no-one's blaming them; it takes a great amount of confidence to do something different, yet can be even more rewarding. notgoingtouni.co.uk is here to say you don't have to go to uni to be a success and there are great alternatives, whether they're debt-free degrees, A-Level trainee schemes or apprenticeships.
It's the "only way to get a decent job"
You've probably heard the 'go to Uni' adverts saying the average graduate earns about £100k more than their non-graduate counterparts. All good and well, but not everyone wants to be a brain surgeon, doctor or barrister, many being much happier in a career which doesn't require a degree. On top of this there are plenty of examples where you'd be financially better off in your lifetime taking the apprenticeship / non-graduate route.
Many do believe that you need university to have a successful career, mainly because it is drummed in by society, however notgoingtouni.co.uk is here to say you don't need a degree in life if you don't want to and yes, you still can have a successful career.
Don't want to get a job yet
Lately there has been an increased amount of students who decide to go to university because they do not know what to study, without any focus, and just don't feel ready to work. This is also something that notgoingtouni.co.uk was created for in the first place. To engage you in thinking seriously about your futures to help you make a better informed decision.