#1. Should I stay or should I go? – Is University for you?Blogs
#1. Should I stay or should I go? - Is University for you?
So no, this article is not about the classic song by The Clash, but a question that we find is being asked more and more by school and college leavers.
Whereas it once used to be the expectation that if you got the grades you were almost definitely flying the nest and heading off to university, nowadays it's never quite that certain. With the resurgence of apprenticeships, the rise of school leaver programmes and sponsored degrees and an ever growing number of training, traveling and volunteering options, there's rarely been so many choices available to young people. However, with websites dedicated to school and college leavers, graduates and post-graduates we truly do have the ability to be impartial. So whenever we go into schools and colleges the first question we ask is
" Why do you want or not want to go to university?
And this is what we hear:-
I want to go because…. • I want Life Experience.
• I want to meet new people.
• It's expected of me.
• I need freedom.
• It's required in my Sector.
• I want to keep learning and get a degree.
I don't want to go because…. • It doesn't guarantee me a job. • I'll get homesick. • Of the debt. • I'm Unsure of my career path. • Being a student just isn't for me. • I want to learn on the job. • I want to start earning straight away.
Any of those sound like you? Unfortunately, it's not a question we can answer for you so we'r e not here to tell you what to think or tell you why you should or shouldn't go to university - that's up to you to decide. Sometimes however, it's good to know that it's not only you who has all these thoughts bouncing around your head.
One thing we would advise though is to talk it out with someone. Don't sit there and keep all your thoughts to yourself. You'll find you understand your own situation far more and make much better choices when you discuss them with someone else - whether that's a parent, teacher or just one of your friends. So, next time you're weighing up your options have a think about the responses above and maybe they'll help you make up your mind.
Next Week: #2. The Loch Ness Monster, Area 51 and other Apprenticeship Myths
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