Researching your university options

So welcome everyone to my very first blog for Eluceo – I graduated in 2010 with a BSc Geography degree and I am now working for a young charity in South London. My blogs will be focusing on everything from university life, choosing a degree course, life after graduating really just giving you an insight into the life of a recent graduate.

As many of you are on this website because you are either at university or thinking about going to university in the UK I am going to start off with Why Choose University?

With the costs of attending university sky rocketing in recent years and not all graduate’s falling feet first into the job market it can be difficult to understand why many young people would choose university when there are so many new further education courses on offer.  So before you choose to go to university think about Why you are going and What you want to get out of it.  Not everybody is suited to and enjoys university life and before you rush in think about why you want to be there.

Why choose university?

  • To further my career prospects
  • To learn more about a particular subject
  • To live away from my parents
  • It is expected by my family that I should attend
  • I would like to travel
  • For the experience of university life
  • I don't know what else to do

What do you want to get out of university?

  • A degree allowing me to study my chosen career
  • Life experience - the chance to live by myself, manage my own money and meet new people
  • To enhance my career prospects and potentially further study
  • To become actively involved in all areas of university life
  • Independence

Looking at the above reasons it is important to recognise that you should be choosing to go to university because you want to, not because you feel pressured nor have no other option.  If you feel like you would like to go to university but are not sure what to study then speak to friends, family, the school career officer.  Perhaps now is the time to travel, get some work experience, intern and revaluate what you want to do with your life and what career direction you might like to take.  Thinking this through now will save money and time in the long run as you will come out of university with a degree you can use.  Just don’t feel pressured into going because all your friends are; there are so many new training schemes and different further education routes you could take that could lead you to your career goal.

Useful Resources

The UCAS website is a good start to look at the different study options - and the National Careers Service offers advice on planning your career - .

To find out what the UK government is doing to support you then follow this link - 

So to get the most out of your university experience think about why you want to attend and what you hope to achieve from attending and does this help fulfil your career objectives.

From my own experience, going to university was the best decision I made.  I was lucky enough to share a student house with five amazing people in my first year; I was involved with numerous sports and societies, gained my independence and had the time of my life.  But like every other life experience you get out of it what you put into it so make sure you choose to go to university for the right reasons.

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