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University: a good or bad idea

It’s the time of year where parents help their children finalise their university choice. It’s a huge step for thousands of prospective students, wanting to carry on learning. Do you know the pros and cons of going to university?


Big numbers

Each year more than a third of 18-year-olds will go to university, which is just over 250,000 young people. The numbers in England show the regional divide, with increasing numbers of students coming from London, the South and the Midlands.

Pros of going to university

  • Becoming an expert in a subject by learning many specialist areas.
  • Preparing for a specific career path, e.g. a doctor or an actuary. Other career paths start out, such as engineering or nursing.
  • Earn 35% more than school leavers. It can be the course subject and/or the university name.
  • Learn to be life-independent, by starting in the university accommodation and moving into a rented house share.
  • Gain high-level transferable skills, such as think analytically, questioning assumptions, doing research and solving problems with information.

 Cons of going to university

  • Not having skills that employer like. Many bosses believe graduates lack people skills, creative thinking, communication, and teamwork.
  • Less contact learning time than school. Most non-practical courses have less than 10 hours of weekly contact time with lectures.
  • Pile on the debt, as a degree costs about £44,000 (debt). Repayments are linked to earnings over many years. The loan will be written off if not repaid within 30 years.
  • No job guarantee, as a third of graduates don’t walk into a job. 

One of the best things about going to university is that it alters views and opinions by living in a new place and meeting people from different backgrounds. It’s a chance to grow up experiencing different cultures and attitudes; this is only possible for those willing to go to university.

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Date: 10 January 2022 by max robinson