Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Should You Go to University?

When I was preparing to college, the question about “what university should i go to?” was very important to me.  Entering university used to be crucial decision, but recently it has become not so vital option. Nowadays, I begin asking myself a new question, “could entering to college bring more harm than benefit?”

I think that college organizes students for some very specific situations. I do not consider that university teaches them some life skills, but it obviously suspense the moment at which they may experience necessary life skills. By using a term “life skill”, I mean job skills, be that in a factory or in an office or whenever – the thing is that good job skills can be learned only through real world. These are skills that you cannot learn from your textbook, you can learn them by doing them.

Nowadays, 2 in 10 graduates cannot find job after seven months of leaving from university. Therefore, every person who is going to enter university should ask himself/herself:

1. Is it necessary for me to get a degree?
2. How much it will cost to me and to my family to enter to a college?
3. When I can return my investments?
4. What an average salary I will receive when I graduate?
5. What works could I potentially work without a degree level?

Due to the implementation of the “fee cap”, most of UK colleges will see tuition fees rises from £7,000 up to £10,000 as of 2013. With this in mind you should consider alternative chances as internship, work experience, trainee position or even online resources or books. Even communicating with successful businessmen or women for recommendations is a useful thing.

Life experience is becoming more essential than that degree in university. I am not denying that some specific jobs such as Nurse, Dentist, Doctor, or Lawyer position and in these positions the degree expanses are worth comparing with the rewards you can get in becoming successful in this sector. But with so many students entering to college learning in generic subjects as IT, Literature or Media, many will graduate seeing these peers that have been working the last recent years perceptively in managerial jobs.

According to Skill Base Apprentice, 49% of the employers state that a big part of the interns eventually work on management positions in their company, and also they can learn $100,000 during their working life than other workers.

These are some ridiculous courses examples that UK colleges offer to students:
Marjon College, Plymouth - Outdoor Adventure with Philosophy
University of Glamorgan - Fiction and Culture
University of Wales - Aromatherapy 
Swansea Institute - Stained Glass Window Studies
Staffordshire University - Football Culture
Welsh College of Horticulture - Equine Psychology
Plymouth University - Surf Science

There are many names of successful businessmen and billionaires, who decided not continue ulterior education, such names as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Coco Chanel is just a few of them.

So, is it really worth to torture yourself with the question, “what if I’m not smart enough for college?”