Simply ask yourself the following questions to find out if going to university is the next step you should take.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Think ahead to 5 years’ time, what is it that you want to be doing for a living? This might be difficult to answer this point in time, but think about the subjects you’re interested in – where could these subject take you? Do you need a degree to be where you want to be? Many people aren’t sure of what they want to do after university so they study a subject they’re interested in and see where it takes them.
Have you done your research?
Take a close look at course content to see exactly what is involved and what you will be getting out of the course. Go to Open Days and explore the campus and town. Picture yourself at the uni, can you imagine studying there? Talk to graduates that took the course you’re thinking of taking, where did they end up in their career?
Do you think the fees are worth the degree?
Find out exactly how much uni will cost, although most uni student fees are £9,000 some are lower such as CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough fees. Have a look to see what time of loan you would be entitled to. Search for jobs that you would want to be doing in future and compare the salary against the fees you will be paying… is it worth it? In 2016, working age (aged 16-64) graduates earned on average £9,500 more than non-graduates, while postgraduates earned on average £6,000 more than graduates (GOV.UK Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2016).