i don't want to go to University and i feel like i'm one of the only ones. at the moment, everyone is constantly talking about what they want to do after they finish sixth form and pretty much everyone is considering universities. when i told my form tutor that i definitely was not considering university and doing a degree, he looked at me like i was crazy. at first, not wanting to go to university was a state of mind born out of defiance. i'm born in a family where the majority of people that went to university went to cambridge, like my parents who met there. so i guess you could say, since a young age, the pressure has been there to do well at school and then go on to a decent university to do a good degree. but that's never really interested me. the thought of three more years of structured learning makes me feel unwell, not to mention how overpriced it is. you leave university with heaps of owed money, without the guarantee of a job. so is it really worth it?
i think that quite a lot of people want to go to university simply because they aren't aware of any other options. people seemed to have a skewed view on apprenticeships, where they look down on those not doing good degrees at russell group universities. seeing as i really want to be a journalist, an apprenticeship would be the ideal thing to do. you would get real work experience with professionals as well as being paid. there would be no large loans from the bank and much more freedom. i know that for some jobs internships and apprenticeships aren't possibilities, so if you want to be a doctor or a dentist, go ahead and enjoy university! however i do think that people who are unsure about spending lots of money on a further education should seriously look into other options. one of the key things that is drawing me to doing an apprenticeship with a newspaper or media company is that i'd be surrounded with people who enjoy doing the same stuff as me. i would be constantly stimulated and doing what i enjoy. that way i would be experiencing what journalism is really about, rather than paying for a university course that i'd most likely drop out of a few months later.
if you are considering not going to university, then let me know in the comments! i know there are so many different career paths out there and i think they are all as valid as each other. university is not the be all and end of all of life. i guess that not everything is right for every body and it is good that different types of further education are becoming available.