Today’s thought Thursday is going to question whether university is worth the effort or not. Just saying, I didn’t go to university, but I do know people who have.

Obviously uni provides pathways for people, a degree shows you have studied, that you’re responsible, that you can handle workload.

An employer is more likely to hire one with a degree, it’s true, but wages are usually raised as experience grows, but at 21-27 out of university with a degree and debt, you got to look into the bigger picture.

This post is mainly going to be about whether you can succeed or not without having to go to uni, not everyone goes, so you need to think of other ways to get around that.

Time

University can take up a lot of time. An architecture degree is 7 years, to be a doctor around 10 years, while, most of the time, not working and experiencing the real world.

When I was 17 I was in 6th form, studying Psychology, English Language and Biology. I loved English and psychology, yet I still didn’t get good grades simply ’cause I didn’t remember the dates of case studies…

the mizfits

I didn’t like the education system, how it worked, just tests, grades, tests, grades… That’s not how I learn, I’m practical, I’m smart enough to build my own path.

I left sixth form cause I just knew I didn’t want to waste the stress of studying and going university, I looked into digital marketing and what it is, and decided to take apprenticeships for it.

Since 17, in my two years out of school I’ve had 5 jobs: 3 Marketing jobs, 1 sales job and 1 job in JD. I hated retail cause of JD and the sales job made me hate sales, so I realised that I liked marketing so that’s gonna be my grind.

At age 19 I have over a year’s experience in marketing and know what I want to do with my life. I’ve had that time to think about potential business ideas, make money and figure out what I want to do with my life.

I’m not saying everybody because many have clear goals set, but I do know a lot of people that are just going to uni for the sake of it, not knowing what they want to do in the end.

Uni has its advantages, but in a year of an apprenticeship at age 16 you can get to a higher place quicker than a marketing degree in university, with a higher wage by the time the two different people living different lifestyles are the same age.

Think about if you have a real perspective of what you want to do in life before going to university, we don’t know how much time we get, don’t go if you think you’ll regret it.

Money

Uni is expensive, especially living costs, adding up to at least £12,000 a year in expenses. Unless, you have a part time job that pays enough, or if you’re lucky enough to have your parents pay for everything for you.

Money is not everything but money is important, and over £20,000 in debt isn’t something you shouldn’t worry about, it’s a big deal.

The money you earn from jobs would just go on nights out, rent, food, etc. Unless you’re living at home, then you probably could manage.

I have spent a lot of money the past few years, partly because of not having a job in between, but I always made the most of my time, holidays, etc. Also improved managing money too from getting a regular wage and learning to budget.

student loans

At least I’m not in debt though, and I’ve got a plan to save more and more and eventually earn more to reach my goals. Not saying you can’t do that if you go to uni, I’m just saying it might delay your chances of you saving up to invest in something.

University gives you opportunities, helps you get employed, if you feel it’s worth your money, by all means go there. Hopefully people were sane and voted for Labour so this point won’t be valid, free university would be a true game changer to many people.

Purpose

Why do you really wanna go uni? I know some people, one guy on job, studying, knows what he wants to study, enjoys uni.

There are also some people who want to be a doctor, a lawyer, and architect, etc. But some people just want to go university to meet people.

life purpose

Uni isn’t just about studying, there’s other people your age there, different vibes, people to meet. People always get together and throw parties at uni, drink, smoke and chill.

Uni comes with the other students and vibe, which is obviously good, new friends for life.

But in reality, your spark isn’t gonna glow when partying half the day while you study the other half. Unless you’re obsessed and dedicated with a goal, a lot of little time to be creative that you get is lost.

If you’re going to uni for the right reasons, you know you won’t fall behind, I also know people that dropped out of uni, didn’t enjoy it, they still got a chance to get a career though.

Just make sure you’re focused if you go to uni, it’s a system to keep you working so make sure you stay on top of it. I personally got my path on lock so I don’t need uni to support what I’m planning.

Conclusion

Uni is good for a CV, good for an employer, good for making friends, but it can make you waste a lot of time and money in investing for it if you don’t take it seriously. Unless it becomes free, then it’ll become more of a choice.

But Steve Jobs was a college dropout, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg. I have a cousin in accounting through an apprenticeship, I know a guy who’s a growing boxer, music artists grafting in the studio, you do not need university to succeed.

If you go uni I wish the best for you, try think about what you want to do after, plan the future today, write notes, think of how you can turn what you love into a career.

That was another thought Thursday about whether university is worth it, it’s not for everybody, and it is for many, but just make sure you know that it’s not the only way to succeed.