If you’re closing in on completing your A-Levels, chances are you’re considering what your options are for the next stage of your life. Some will go straight into work, some will find apprenticeships in the areas they’re interested in. For many, University can be the right next step. It will take planning, as you will need to write a personal statement, visit open days to choose which Universities you like best, and then apply to your top 5 choices. If you’re wondering whether to bother with this, let me explain why this may be a great option for you!
There are many practical careers that are best learned on the job, hence the increasing popularity of apprenticeships in these areas. Similarly, career-specific paths are often required in other areas. There are a variety of careers that are far easier to get into with a degree, and if you are interested in a particular area of study, a University can help you specialise in it, providing you with the knowledge you need to become more employable. The completion of a degree also shows that you have been willing to work hard to achieve something, and through your time at University, you may have built up contacts that could help you into your desired industry.
You will meet all sorts of people at University, and it’s only a matter of time before you find your crowd. If you choose to live in student accommodation, you’ll be with a group of strangers which can be a little daunting, but you’re all in the same boat and it will help to increase your confidence. In your free time, there’s a huge range of activities and sports to take part in, with various clubs and societies. This is a way to meet new people with similar interests to you. The city of Plymouth is also full of things to do, including shopping, ferry trips, art galleries, concerts and more!
Living at University is a great way to ease yourself into becoming more independent as an adult. You’ll be responsible for all your own cooking and cleaning if you’re not already, and will have to organise your study schedules yourself. The University experience can help you grow as a person, and get you ready for the world of work by the time you graduate.
If you’re still unsure about University, I’d recommend reading about the available courses online. Think about whether they interest you, and whether you’d like to go into their areas as a career path. Good luck with whichever path you take, and if you choose to come to Plymouth, perhaps we’ll see you next year!
Talk soon people,