University isn’t for everyone, we know that. But you might not be sure if university is for you. Here are a few things that might help you decide.


Some factors to consider:

Budgeting: Some people are naturally good at it, some people have learnt how to and some people go to university to learn how to. However, if you’re not sure if you’re ready to be trusted with paying rent, buying your own food and resisting impulse-buying everything you see, then university might not be a good idea.

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Independence: While some people thrive from living independently, it’s not for everyone. Sometimes we aren’t ready to part away from family, friends or pets, or we just don’t feel mature enough to live alone yet - and that’s totally okay.

Feeling done with education: You’ve done nursery. You’ve done primary school. You’ve done high school, and you’ve done sixth form or college. For some, that’s ENOUGH.  Academic environments can be tiresome or frustrating, and if that’s you, then university might be a no-no.

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There are way more things to keep in mind than just the above, but these are usually the biggies.

With that in mind, here are a couple of alternatives:

Full time work: This is a common route to take after finishing college or sixth form. You can start off in a bottom-rung job and work your way up. In some cases, you can end up in a position as high as a graduate anyway, and you’ll be earning money too!

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Apprenticeships and Internships: If you want the best of both the education and the money-earning worlds, then apprenticeships may be worth looking into. Apprenticeships are especially handy if you want to get into a vocational career, such as plumbing, construction or being an electrician. And again, both of these are a handy way to work your way up a career path into higher, better-paid roles.

Obviously, these aren’t all the options, but they’re certainly some of the most popular.

And now, some tips…

  1. Research! This can’t be stressed enough. You need to look at a university from every angle to see if it’s right for you. Location, fees, courses, average ratings – they should all matter and influence your decision. Take a look at our reviews and league tables on all things from nightlife to location, to get a feel for what university life is like and whether it would be the right path for you.

  2. It’s completely normal if you don’t have a favourite subject or a career path in mind, but you still think university is for you. It takes time for some, and university can be a beautiful place to be among like-minded people and figure out what you want to do.

  3. Lastly, either way, don’t stress over it! There’s no right way to go. University isn’t for everyone, and it doesn’t automatically give you a £30k-a-year job as a CEO at a top firm. Whichever route you take, you will have to work for it, and work hard.

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