Uni vs the school of life: An unnatural progression
University vs the school of life
The thing about going to university that so many kids don't seem to understand these days is that it isn't, and shouldn't, be a natural progression of your education.
It's an investment in your future career path and as such it's something that needs a lot of thought put into it.
I decided not to go to uni because in seventh form I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career, so I knew that any time spent at university would just be a waste of money.
Now, two years later, I'm about to start training for a well paying job with a great company who didn't care about my lack of degree half as much as my skills and experience.
All too often when we (as 17-year-olds) decide to go to university we don't think about what we will get out of this investment of at least three years and far too much money.
The mindset is: Finish high school, go to uni, get a degree, get a job. Unfortunately, in the current job market the degree doesn't guarantee us a job and if we're after a high paying job it doesn't even come close.
If we're going to have 17-year-olds make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives we should at least frame those decisions in the right way.
It shouldn't be: 'What do I want to study at uni?' it should be 'What do I want to do with my life that will let me pay the bills and how can I best get there?'
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