Whether you are still studying, or have spent some time since then working or raising a family, the opportunity of studying at university for a degree is something you should consider carefully.
For some people, a degree is pretty much essential for the career they want to follow. For others, there may be other ways to gain the experience and qualifications they need.
Think about your attitude towards success and work. A degree requires you to be self-motivated. If you want to pass, and get good grades, it’s on you. Unlike school you won’t be chased up if you’re not doing the work. There’s no two ways about it, degrees are challenging, they’re meant to be, otherwise everybody would have one. Perhaps sometimes you’ll find the workload extreme, especially if you’re studying part-time and are having to balance a working or family life with studying for a degree. But remember, you’ll have the support of fellow students, the teaching staff, and a whole host of university resource to help you achieve you goals.
What qualifications do I need?
You might be surprised to find out that you don’t always need to be top of the class to qualify for a degree. At the moment, the government is keen to encourage people from all walks of life to attend university, so it’s entirely possible that your work experience, for example, might help you qualify. Talk to us to find out more.
So why study for a degree?
A degree can bring you many things, from developing new skills and knowledge, increased confidence, all the way up to, yes, increased earning potential.
The latest data from the UK Government shows that, on average, working age graduates earned £10,000 more per year than those who didn’t go to university. That figure can vary across degree, gender and ethnicity, for example, but the Government is putting in plans to help those underrepresented to succeed in and progress from higher education.
Outside of the qualification itself, what does studying for a degree prove? It shows that you can undertake a prolonged period of acquiring new knowledge, of researching topics, filtering information and being self-motivated. These are all transferable skills that make graduates attractive to employers.
Better choice of jobs
We’re not saying that a degree automatically makes you a better employee, but it is true to say that a lot of jobs require that you are educated to degree level. Having a degree means you’ve ticked that box already.
In this case, we’re not talking about TikTok or Instagram, we mean the network of people you’ll meet whilst studying. Fellow students on your course, students you meet studying completely different subjects, tutors, research staff, employers, once you’re studying at university, you’ll find your social network will grow hugely, perhaps more than at any other time in your life. This is great news in terms of helping you career once you graduate, certainly, but what if you want to start your own business? Get advice from potential investors? Run ideas you have by people you trust? Your university network is great in so many ways beyond straightforward job hunting.
You don’t have to decide at this point, but if you’re someone who believes they have more potential, that wants to learn more, then a degree could be perfect for you. Find out more about studying for a degree and contact us today, we’re here to help.
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