Why should your
Gone are the days of limited post-18 pathways.
From apprenticeships to full-time work, gap
years and further college study - it’s no surprise
that students find themselves at a crossroad
of future options, trying to navigate the best
They might ask you ‘what’s special about going
to uni?’ Whilst the answer to that is never
the same for every student, higher education
offers an unrivalled wealth of opportunity
that extends beyond their years as an
To support the conversations with your
students, here are my main ‘pros’ for
They can study what excites them
Studying for a degree allows students to
explore niche areas within their subject and
helps them get to the nitty-gritty of what they
love. By taking ownership of their learning, and
tailoring their module choices, they can also
become an expert in their field of study.
What’s more, they may learn from academics
who contribute to some of the most
progressive research in the world, are leading
thinkers in their discipline and have years of
experience in both teaching and industry.
It’s a career springboard
Having a degree unlocks doors to exciting and
fulfilled futures. By achieving a higher-level
qualification, students are more likely to have
greater earning power throughout their working
life and a wider pool of opportunities than non-
To boost graduate employability, some
universities leave the textbooks behind and
teach their students using industry-standard
facilities and real-life learning environments.
These spaces provide an opportunity for students to apply their learning and use the
technologies or methods that they will come
across in their chosen careers.
As part of their degree, they could also
consider taking a sandwich year to either work
or study abroad. Both experiences are valuable
for gaining new skills and exploring different
There are personal perks too
The social hive and autonomy of student life is
a totally unique experience. There is no other
post-18 destination where your students could
be learning about their favourite subject at
10am, playing lacrosse by 2pm and heading to
a social by 5pm!
University provides the ultimate level of
independence. Students can explore new
social spheres, try out different hobbies, travel
abroad and even change where they call ‘home’
for years to come. So rather than seeing
university as a daunting prospect, get them
thinking about all the exciting unknowns – who
will they meet? Where will they live? How will
university change their path?
Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach
to life after school or college. With lots of
online and on-campus events available, now is
an exciting time for your students to consider
what comes next and which options feel right
for their future.