Nishall’s Blog: University is the right path
Education: Secondary / Fri 7th Nov 2014 am30 09:00am
A University Education
By Nishall Garala
A university education brings broader career options and greater earning potential.
If you were looking for a reason to not attend university, you wouldn’t have too much trouble tracking down the opinions those who believe it is not a worthy investment.
They would point to high levels of unemployment, and, indeed, it is hard to ignore figures like the 83 applicants who apply for every graduate job in the UK. (bear in mind graduates apply for more than one job, so this doesn’t mean there is only one job for every 83 graduates)
Also hard to ignore is the seemingly spiralling cost of higher education. For example, university charge students an average of £9,000 a year, And when you add on things like accommodation and books, there’s no shirking from the fact that going to university can be an expensive business, even in places with low fees, like continental Europe.
The labour market is competitive and many jobs require tertiary training. Having a university qualification gives you the skills and advantage to secure employment.
Over 75% of university undergraduates gain full-time employment within four months of graduating.
A university degree provides you with the specialist knowledge you’ll need for a specific career and also develops key skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organisation, self-management, learning, and technology—the eight most highly employer-valued skills.
With most people changing careers several times throughout their working lives, the skills you’ll gain at university will be valuable in a variety of job and life situations.
At school, the subjects we are good at are often those we enjoy the most. The same theory applies to any kind of work you do, whether it be at university or in the workplace. In the right university degree you’ll get to study in an area (or areas) of interest and develop the skills and knowledge you can apply to a satisfying and rewarding career.
School careers advisers can help you with choosing the uni degree that’s right for you. They’ve got lots of info to help you decide what you want to do, where you want to study and the right high school subjects to get you there.
Great Earning Potential
While enjoying your time at work is important, getting paid for your hard work is pretty important too! The average graduate starting salary—that is, what graduates under 25 years get paid in their first job out of uni—is around six months after graduation range between £18,000-£24,000.
So there you have it. Attending university not only allows you to improve your prospects in the job market, but also allows you to pursue knowledge for its own sake – both a noble cause in itself, and the starting point of many of a scientific, philosophic and artistic innovation. A university education, it would seem, may just be worth it after all…