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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Do I Regret Not Going To University?

A question that I often get asked is why I didn't go to uni and do I wish I had gone? I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to sit down and write a post about this topic because I know so many of you also made the option not to go to university. Of course, the choice is down to each individual and what works for you. It all depends on your career path that you want to go down. But, at the end of the day, not going to university doesn't mean that you can't get the job of your dreams and that's something I have always stuck by.

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Was Uni ever on my mind as an option?

I can remember when I was in college and the talks of university started to arise. We were starting to receive leaflets, emails, options, all about where we were wanting to go. From the very beginning, I knew instantly that it wasn't for me. University has never been on my mind and I knew that it wasn't the path I wanted to go down. I think that in college, if you don't choose to look at going to university, then you don't really get any help or advice for the future. But if you were planning on going, you got all the help in the world. I think that this defiantly needs to change, as not going to uni is just as an important decision as deciding to go. Luckily, I didn't mind not having the advice from college, but I know so many people who would of appreciated it. I think that my college pressured a lot of people into thinking they had to go to university, because it's what everyone else was doing. I personally think that if you're unsure, then it's something you should consider but it's never a mandatory option. Uni was never on my mind as an option, and it's something I still don't regret. 


Was the uni lifestyle for me?

The uni lifestyle was probably one of the biggest reasons that I chose not to go. The idea of partying every night, sharing a flat with other people and living on nothing...sounded like a nightmare to me! Of course, everyone is different and can have their own opinion, but it didn't really sound appealing to me. I know that a lot of people my age couldn't wait to go, because they had the chance to go out all the time and be away from home, and that's ok! Most people my age would of loved the idea of it but for me, that wasn't a lifestyle I would enjoy. People shouldn't feel pressured into this lifestyle either just because they want to go to uni. I have heard so many times of people taking about the one in their flat who they don't get along with because they are boring and won't come out every night. I think people need to be a lot more considerate that this lifestyle isn't for everyone and they should try and include them more rather than just categorising them as the boring one. The reason I bring this up is because if I went to uni, that 'boring' one in the flat 100% would have been me. I think going to uni can be great if you can't wait for this type of lifestyle, but just remember that you don't have to do all of these things just to fit in with everyone else. You decide on the life at uni that you want and feel comfortable with. Of course I am not saying that the uni lifestyle is a negative thing, as it can be great to meet potentially some of your friends who you will keep for life and also it might help a lot of people become more confident! It all depends on the person and what they want to do.




Decisions 

I think if I had decided to go to uni, then I would of 100% been overwhelmed with all the options and decisions that you have to make. There are so many places that you can go to and so many decisions to make alongside that. Do you want to stay at home or at uni, which course do you want to pick, which kind of accommodation do you want, and the list goes on and on. I do put my hands up to everyone who did decide to go, as making a decision like this is a massive thing and it's not easy. Unfortunately, I can't really give much advice on this part, as I obviously decided not to go. But, what I will say is that going with your gut often works out the best. Don't be pressured into going to a particular uni because it's where your family want you to go or it's where the rest of your friends are going. As it's such a huge choice, make sure that it's what you want and what you feel 100% happy with. You have time to decide and no one is going to judge you on what you decide to do!

Does Going to Uni mean you'll get a better job?

When I was younger, I always assumed that you had to go to university in order to get a good job. But as I have grown up, I have realised that this isn't true at all. Yes, university may open up some amazing opportunities for you, which is amazing! But you can just as easily get there without going to university. I believe that if you start off in a job role in the sector that you're wanting to work in, then you can always work your way up and gain experience. Personally, I much preferred the route of experience rather than exams. I'm sure there will be certain job roles out there where you must have a degree, but in that case, if you know it's what you want to do then you will go to uni and work hard to get there. But, with a lot of job roles, you can get into the industry and work your way up! I will always say to people that you don't have to go to university to get a good job. If you're willing to work hard, then you can get there too!




What advice would I give to someone who is trying to decide to go to Uni or not?

If anyone was to ask me for some advice on the decision to go to uni or not, I would probably keep my answer quite simple with a few pointers. 

1. Don't feel pressured into going to uni if it's now what you want
2. If you are still unsure about it, I would at least go and look around some uni's to make a decision, you can still decide not to go after looking round them 
3. If you want to go to uni but don't like the typical lifestyle, don't let that put you off. You decide on how you want to live and what will make you happy. 
4. If you can't wait to go to uni and live this lifestyle- great! It could be some of the best years of your life!
5. Not going to uni doesn't mean that you can't get a successful job or the job of your dreams 
6. When it comes to making the decision, go with what feels right. Don't let the voices of friends, family or college make you choose something that isn't what you want.


So there we have it! My thoughts and advice on making the decision to go to university or not. Overall, do I regret it? No. Would I put people off going? Absolutely not. It's all down to each individual and what they want to do. If your dream job requires you to go to uni, then it's a no brainier. If your dream job doesn't necessarily require uni, then you don't have to go if it's not for you. At the end of the day, it is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make and remember that if you chose not to go and you change your mind, you can go to uni at any point that you want. Also, if you chose to go and it's not for you, you don't have to carry on! I hope that this post helped some of you guys out, even in the smallest way. I didn't want to make out as if uni is a negative thing just because I didn't go but I also wanted to remind some of you that you don't have to go and can still be super successful! 

I will be back next week with a brand new post!

Kellie xx


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