Why study a degree?
Better employment prospects
Getting a good job is, for many people, the main reason for coming to university. And, although there are no guarantees, having a degree should increase your chances of getting a job afterwards.
Many jobs require you to have a degree-level qualification, so getting one means you’ll be able to compete for those opportunities – opening you up to more jobs and career possibilities.
Even taking the costs of going of university into account, it’s still shown that graduates earn more than non-graduates over their lifetime (according to university think tank million+, over £115,000 more).
Honing your mind
There’s more to it than earning power and jobs, though.
University is a unique place and time in your life. Perhaps now, more than ever, you are taking the time to focus on your learning, dig deep into a subject you are passionate about, and hone in your critical and thoughtful mind.
You’ll have access to leading facilities and experts in your subject. You’ll get to take part in work experience and live briefs, and learn to think in a more analytical way. And you’ll be exploring new ideas and areas of knowledge.
Tap into diverse opportunities
Alongside the academically-related plus points, university is also a chance to grow as person and delve into new interests and opportunities.
You can get involved in sport, sign up for activities through the Students’ Union, volunteer, or hear from inspiring speakers. Whether you choose to study abroad or set up your own society, you can be sure there’ll be all sorts of ways to develop your passions and skills while you’re a student.
Expand your network
For three or four years, you’ll be living, and studying, with people from different backgrounds, religions and beliefs – and thrown together with a huge pool of likeminded people to connect with. You will make new friends, perhaps even meet your lifelong partner.
You’ll also get to work with experts in your field, and expand your professional network through your tutors and guest speakers from industry.
The people you meet are likely to have as much impact on you as the things you learn on your degree – and you could well make contacts you’ll keep in touch with for the rest of your life.