Uni vs the school of life: An unnatural progression

Last updated 14:30 26/02/2013

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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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