We’re Not Anti-Uni, But Pro-Choice!Posted: 2nd of December 2014 by
Being called NotGoingtoUni can cause some confusion, with people believing that we are against university education. While we understand the reasons for these accusations, we are actually not trying to stop people from going to university, but instead trying to show that there are other valid choices out there that are well worth considering.
For many students, a journey through school and college and onto university seems pre-ordained, and is often supported by teachers who themselves also went to university. However, times have changed since your teachers graduated, and going to university is something that requires more consideration than ever before.
Tuition fees are a major part of this, as the potential benefits of a degree need to be weighed up against the costs. There are those who say that with some careful saving, working while you study, and a frugal nature, you can emerge from university free from the thousands of pounds in debt that most students are building up as they study. However, the fact remains that for most students, and especially those from a less-well-off background face the prospect of entering the working world with huge debts.
While questions of whether it is fair to saddle graduates with such debts are something to be discussed elsewhere, there also seems to be a feeling that university is the only ‘real’ option for A Level students who want to get ahead with their careers.
For some this is certainly the case, and university is the best choice. This may be because of a particular field of work that requires a degree, for example. However, many students just aren’t being made aware of what other choices are available to them for the future.
Not everyone wants or is able to go to university, and some students who feel obliged to go could actually be better off looking at the alternatives. It is these alternatives that we feel the need to demonstrate – showing that there is a future to be found without a traditional university degree – whether through an apprenticeship, entry-level job, or even with a sponsored degree, where your studies are paid for you!
The one-size-fits-all notion of university education is less relevant today than ever before, with many graduates failing to get that ‘university graduate level’ job they dream of, and finding themselves no better off than if they had just applied for a job straight out of college or school – except for the debt they have accumulated!
Apprenticeships are a popular choice, with the mixture of on-the-job experience and training coupled with study and a wage. Others may feel that a Traineeship offers a better starting place, or perhaps opt to enrol on a further education scheme.
For many, university is the right choice, but it is not the only choice, and nor is it right for everybody. It only makes sense to check out every option that is available to you before opting to just fill out that UCAS form.
Whether you end up finding that university is right for you or not, we just hope to be able to help you make the right choice for you - from all the available options!
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