Can't Decide if University is For You? Read This!

| On
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Okay, most clickbait title or what?

But in all seriousness, one of the hardest choices a millennial has to make these days is deciding whether or not to go to university. There are positive sides to both arguments, which is the main reason this decision was so hard for me to make. I sometimes still question whether I did the right thing, although it is never too late to go if I felt I wanted to.

My mom desperately wanted me to go, “What are you going to do with your life Dionne?” She would ask. I could never give her a straightforward answer because the truth was, I didn’t know then and I still don’t now.

When trying to make the decision, I had to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of both. Ultimately, this is why I made the choice I did. What I am trying to achieve with this post is to help those who are torn to read what the prospects of each are and to help them come to a conclusion. 

Positives of Going to Uni:

  • Greater job prospects. You can come out of uni knowing you can try for a job in your desired field, or if not, you will at least be in a position to start a professional job which is something a school leaver will struggle with.
  • Gives you a competitive edge over candidates. Pretty similar to the above, but if you are going for a job, they are more likely to employ the person with the higher qualification.
  • Gives you greater understanding and knowledge on the subject. We come out of school with a sound knowledge on a variety of subjects, but we never specialise in a single one. If you are super passionate about a certain topic, University will give you a much greater understanding of it and you will find friends with the same interests too!
  • Gives you 3 years stalling time until you figure out what you want to do. Okay, we all know this is a biggie of why some people go to Uni, but no one ever wants to admit it. If you have literally no clue what you want to do, but aren’t ready to try and find a career or a professional job just yet. Go to Uni! Start a course that you enjoyed at school, or something that is credible amongst employers and use that 3 years to discover what your passion is. Plus it gives you time to party up and get it out of your system by the time you are 21.
  • You learn how to live on your own and fend for yourself. A HUGE one. This can make or break a person.  Going to uni means completely fending for yourself. You learn to food shop, pay bills, cook, wake up early, be mindful of living with others and much more. If you’re not up for it, the alternative is stay at home and study at a local University. You’ll save a lot of money by doing this too.

Positives of Not Going to Uni:

  • No £30k debt. The biggie, but we cannot forget that massive debt that is looming over your head throughout the entirety of your adult life. You can’t ignore the fact that you owe the Government a lot of money, and that doesn’t get wiped until you are like 30? I think. (VOTE LABOUR AND THAT MIGHT CHANGE lol)
  • Gives you 3 years to gain experience working/saving money. Whilst all your other friends are getting smashed and partying hard at uni, you are out getting real world experience. It gives you a great opportunity to start your savings pot and start your life. Soon you will be able to buy yourself a nice new car, or even save for a house if that’s your goal. A lot of my Uni friends are bloody clueless about what it is like livng in the real world. 
  • You don’t have to settle on a course you don’t really want to do. This was a huge one for me. I was going to study Marketing and eventually continue on to do my Masters in Fashion Marketing with the slightest possibility that I might be able to get my foot in the door in the Fashion industry. Albeit unlikely.
  • When it comes to jobs, it’s not what you know it is who. Quite often you find these days that the competition is so fierce amongst young people looking for jobs that even if you have a degree, you’re not that special. Unfortunately, we live in an age where a person can’t afford to work part time or pick up minimum wage and still live comfortably. Millennials need to work so fucking hard, with the prices of everything going up and wages coming down that if you can get any kind of job you should take it. With that being said, if you know someone who works in an office it is a great way to get a start at a career and usually, they don’t care if you have a degree or not.

So, those are my positives for both. I decided against University, because the cons of going, although there are less they simply outweighed the pros. It wasn’t worth the time or money it would take to study something I wasn’t truly passionate about.

I haven’t ruled uni out, if one day I am sitting at my desk and it clicks what I want to do I will sign up straightaway, should I need to. But for now, I am okay without the debt to pay back. I have created a great work ethic and have learned how to manage and save money.

I hope I was able to aid your decision, as I know how difficult it can be, especially if you lack the support from peers or family. I struggled with it myself by trying to do what I thought people wanted from me but, I stuck to my guns much to my parents dismay, and now even they agree I made the right decision.

Let me know below if you have some tips I might have missed, I will add them into the post so we can all help shape the youth of today's minds! 
Be First to Post Comment !
Post a Comment

Custom Post Signature

Custom Post Signature