Is university a necessity?

26 Jul 2019

universityAre you stuck between choosing whether to enrol in university or not? University is becoming less of a requirement, and many are now debating whether its importance is anywhere as high as it once was. A lot of people dabble in the working world and then choose to attend university later, but an increasing number are now deciding against it. We are listing some pros and cons to help make your decision an easier one:  

-    More job options
The main reason many choose to attend university is because it tends to bring more opportunities your way. For starters, some specialist roles always require a degree – such as pursuing a career in medicine. However, less traditional roles also tend to specify a bachelor’s degree in their requirements, especially if the job is a high-ranking one. Obtaining one of those jobs is not impossible without a degree but will certainly require more of an effort and proof of experience.

-    Expanding your education
Perhaps the most obvious of all factors; university is a great opportunity to build on your expertise. You will also cover modules that may not directly target your aspiring role, but learning other skills may also come in handy. Moreover, it could be a great opportunity to explore similar career fields.

-    Higher wages
Highly-educated individuals are the most likely to earn an impressive wage. Although this will not necessarily be the case for you, a report on graduate labour market statistics by the Department of Education revealed that working age graduates (16 to 64-year-olds) earned almost £10,000 more than non-graduates.

-    It’s expensive
University tuition is expensive in many countries, and generally the better the university’s reputation, the higher the fees! Unfortunately, being educated from a top institution is not a realistic choice for some. Even public universities can be costly, due to the supplies needed and side fees.

-    A job is not guaranteed
University, despite entailing a lot of hard work, does not guarantee a job. Employers typically value experience more than they do university, so without the former, it would still be difficult to obtain a job. This is especially the case if you are pursuing an untraditional role, where job openings are limited.

-    It is time consuming
Most of all, university requires a lot of time. This of course means sacrificing other aspects of your life. Some courses require less hours than others, so it would be important to inquire prior to making any decision, especially if you are intending on juggling a job or a family at the same time.