A school and
college guide to why
In the final years of school or sixth form college,
a question students may ask is should I go to
university? Many students can feel afraid and
uncertain in making this big decision, and often
are reliant solely upon advice and support from
their teachers, especially if they are the first in
their family to make a university application.
Each student will have their own reasons for
considering university, but here are some reasons
why you may wish to encourage your students
that university participation may be a great
choice for them.
Key reasons why students may wish to consider university
1. An opportunity to study a single or
combined honours subject they are passionate
and excited about
One of the most rewarding benefits of university
is that the student can gain more knowledge in
their field of interest, advancing and specialising
as they move forward throughout their degree.
Encouraging students to dig deep and find their
enthusiasm for what excites them can ultimately
lead to a successful and rewarding university
2. A chance to grow in independence and gain
Along with academic learning and opportunity,
university offers so much for students regarding
life experience. Moving to a city, regardless of
how far away it is or how large the university may
be, can still be daunting. However, university life
moves quickly, and with an array of activities and
welcome sessions, the settling in process comes
fast, and the real-life learning can begin.
One of the key reasons students may consider
university is the promise of greater job prospects
and career development. University encourages
students to network and seek experience, perhaps
working towards placement and internship
opportunities. This actively builds confidence and
encouragement, working up until graduation, and
the career opportunities that follow. A degree is
truly an investment, but for a lifetime of better job
opportunities, it is one worth considering.
Remember - university does not just offer a
degree, but many kinds of education.
For some students, university is not something
they wish to pursue, and they may go on an
alternative path which can still bring them the
same amount of success and adventure. Yet,
undeniably for others, their university years are
truly rewarding and will help them shape both the
person they are – and the career they go on to do,
far beyond the degree they graduate with.