It’s essential to go to university in order to have a successful career right? That’s what we’re told in the majority of cases but maybe it’s just not for you. Maybe the thought of being in approximately £24,000 worth of debt after graduating doesn’t seem too appealing. Maybe you think getting a degree just isn’t worth it or that there isn’t a course that particularly interests you.
future-talent.com is designed to show you the alternatives to going to university. We appreciate that university does appeal to lots of people (about 500,000 a year in fact). Similarly, we acknowledge that for many it is a valuable learning and social experience, but it isn’t for everyone.
These days, little light is shed upon the alternative options available to young people leaving school and college but there are many more opportunities than getting a degree - apprenticeships, internships, courses, training and gap years are all paths that you can take after you have completed your GCSEs or A levels.
We are predominantly a job board but we also mix in information (training and courses) and case studies related to the sectors that you may be interested in pursuing. So sign up for our regular updates and create a CV so that potential employers and service providers (those who run gap years, training schemes, etc.) can contact you directly.
Some of the most recognisable names in British industry and entertainment didn’t go to university. We aren’t suggesting that not taking further education will help you achieve the things these people have but it’s worth considering that it doesn’t render a similar future impossible!
These successful entrepreneurs didn’t continue to further study after school or college:
With the current economic climate and a change of government this year it appears that not going to university could also be the sensible decision.
A popular media spectacle has concerned the coalition government raising tuition fees up to £9,000 a year but they have also announced 50,000 extra apprenticeship positions. Consider the additional fact that tuition fees are rising and one can see the logic in choosing to take a path other than higher education.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Network Rail and many blue-chip firms ranging the industries have reported a growing interest in their schemes aimed at school leavers. Entering a company at this level often shows a type of dedication and decisiveness that is mature for such an age.
So if you are thinking of taking options that don’t involve higher education firstly do not worry, it is a perfectly normal, understandable and, in many situations, beneficial decision to make. Follow through with that decision today at future-talent.com.