As high school draws to a close many students start thinking about life out of education or potentially in further education. This was a decision I had to make last year and it wasn’t quick or easy to say the least. In this blog post I talk about why I’m not going to University.
In the United Kingdom you fill out an application on UCAS for different Universities across the country, you write one essay that would then get sent of to show your interest in the chosen course as well as describing a bit about yourself. You apply for this in the last year of school, which is a very hectic time as it is without including exams and revision stress. Not to mention trying to find a University to go to for the next 3-4 years, isn’t a cheap investment either. At £9000 a year you need to find a place you feel happy at and somewhere that suits you best. It is such a stressful time in any young persons life.
I didn’t want to go to University but I chose to apply anyway just to keep my options open. It wasn’t a decision I was excited about and I felt it wasn’t right for me at the time. A lot of my friends and people in my year group was choosing to go to University and I just couldn’t see myself going there at this point in my life. People have this expectation of you going to University and you are almost scrutinised for choosing a different option. But everyone is different and it is important to find something that suits you and not what you think is a good choice to please others.
In the end, I chose to defer a year, giving me the opportunity to learn valuable life experiences in my chosen career industry, Graphic Design. Whilst still having a University to go to if I change my mind in 12 months time. I will have a chance to complete an apprenticeship or become trained as a junior designer while I am earning money and gaining knowledge. Taking a gap year is great for anyone who needs more time to find something that interests them, or is in need of a year off from education to take time to do things that matter. There are advantages and disadvantages for any option you pick so you will need to weigh up the options.
By not going to University at this current time in my life doesn’t mean that I will never go, its just not something that interests me. I would rather gain valuable experiences and deal with real life scenarios that tests my creatively. I’d like to see where things take me and if I feel like I need to go to University to further advance my career then I will but it is just one of the many options that I can pick.
I have only mentioned Apprenticeships here as another option to University but there are so many choices ranging from Taking a Gap Year to Starting a Business or even Open University so you can learn in your own time, which is also a more affordable option.
So to conclude this, I would love to do an apprenticeship in Graphic Design as this is a field where experience is very valuable, and hopefully by the end of the apprenticeship it would lead me to a job with the company I was being trained in. University is really an option B for me, I might consider Open University so I can still work at the company whilst furthering my Education if I felt like my career needs it. But we shall see where things take me.
Have you gone to University has it helped in your career? If you didn’t go to University what made you pick that option?