Nowadays, so many young people are being convinced by their teachers at school to think that if you don't go to University, it’ll impact your chance of success in your career.
I strongly disagree.
Being a ‘non-uni goer’ myself, the pressure I felt from my school to go to Uni was pretty intense. And although I followed the application process for various universities to study Psychology and Sociology, I had already made my mind up that I wasn't going. The truth was that behind the scenes, my form tutor wrote my personal statement for me.
Because apart from the 24/7 party lifestyle Uni can offer (the only thing which definitely tempted me!) I was totally uninterested in studying for another 3 years when I could be earning money.
And unless your goal is to become a Doctor, Vet, Scientist etc, most occupations do not have a requirement for a degree. You can be as successful (if not more) within a non-qualified job, just as much as someone within these specific industries. To put this into context, 42% of pupils did not think they would need a degree for jobs they were considering.
And as time goes on, fewer young people are going to choose the University route, and with rising living costs and education fees, I don’t blame them. In fact, the proportion of secondary school students planning to study for a degree has reduced from 81% in 2013 to 74% in 2017 which proves Uni has become less desirable for many young people.
I don’t regret my choice one single bit.
Most of my friends are finishing their last year at university, and my Facebook feed is now filled with pictures of dissertations – bound and covered and shiny, ready to be handed in – followed by pictures of fancy cocktails captioned #celebrations. It’s that time of year when everyone is handing in final essays and revising for exams. And research that suggests companies are making an effort to take on more graduates offers further reason for celebration.