If you are the first in your family to consider
going to university, or if you’re unclear about
what your options are, this article will provide
more clarity on the benefits of university.
Moving away for university is a key life event and can seem daunting if you haven’t left home before, so it is important to understand the potential benefits of this decision.
University allows you to pursue a passion,
focusing on one or two core subjects. This
can be an extremely motivating concept after
studying multiple subjects at school or college
and provides a new academic challenge with a
different system of teaching and marking.
Large lectures will introduce you to university- level topics, while smaller tutorial groups will allow for in-depth discussion. Students can also request one-to-one time with lecturers during open office slots, providing direct academic support.
Higher education degrees can improve your
career prospects, and universities present
graduate prospect data in their prospectuses
and marketing materials. Looking at these
figures will help you to compare which degree will provide you with the most job security in the
future, but this is merely one of several factors
to consider when choosing a university.
Some courses also offer a year abroad or a year in industry, which you can complete in your third year, making these four-year degree courses. A year abroad can include studying, working or volunteering in a partner organisation, providing a range of experiences to present to employers following your graduation. A year in industry may involve a paid placement, offering invaluable work experience and networking connections to use at the end of a degree.
Although daunting, studying in a new place
and living away from home will contribute to
your independence. You will be responsible
for managing your own finances, organising
domestic activities like cooking and
cleaning and making friends in an unfamiliar
environment. University is a great way to
practice these life skills, especially with the help
of support teams, such as student finance and
the students’ union. Friends for life are usually
made at university, as socialising in halls,
lectures, clubs and societies often connects
As well as domestic skills, university develops your key skills. Time management is essential to organising independent study and you will need to use your initiative to join extracurricular activities. Communication skills will also be developed in everything from group tasks to written assignments.
Even if you progress into a career that doesn’t directly link to your degree subject, employers universally recognise the transferrable skills that a degree offers.
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by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.