Choosing Not to Go to University
Finding out I was dyslexic a couple of months before my GCSE exams, was both a revelation and a knock of confidence. Any thoughts I had of going to university to achieve the business career I so wanted were rapidly thrown out of the window.
I went on to college as I wasn't ready to leave my friends or go into the workforce. And, so I did business studies. I left college and embarked on work, but at this point in my life, I also made a promise to myself that I will push myself to learn and work hard.
Having a family put my climb up to my career on the back burner for a few years. Then after a lot of hard work, a bit of luck and lots of determination, I worked my way up. I got the dream job and I did it without going to university, so is the cost of university degree really worth it?
With the increased costs of going to university and a lifetime debt, many people could well be wondering whether it is worth it anymore.
For many, they have no choice but to go down the route of going to university to achieve their dream job. For example, my oldest son has just started college, the courses he is currently taking is Law and Criminology - he wants to be a Lawyer, thus, that means he has to go to uni to achieve his goal. Then my middle son, who is 13, he has had a dream since he was young to become an Architect, again this is a career where achieving a uni degree is compulsory. Both my boys are prepared and understand they have to go onto university.
For them, it's more than about the money, the cost of achieving a university degree is an investment and hubby and I encourage and fully support; but it does break my heart that they will, in the end, have large debts, and to think, the amount of time it will take for them to pay it off... heart breaking.
University isn't right for everyone, and depending on what career you want, having a degree is not always necessary, there are other options out there.
The online money saving and voucher code website MyVoucherCodes have taken a look at the British University system to see what students are getting for their money. The research finds that the average starting salary for graduates is £25,000, whilst the approx. cost of gaining a university degree sits at around £44,000, so depending on what career they want, is the investment worth it? Of course, there are degrees that provide a graduate with a significantly higher starting salary.
You can read more on the research here.