Nowadays, university education is so expensive that you should have a second thought about it before accepting your placement offer.
Going to the university is not the only thing that’s important, it’s also about what to do with your university degree afterwards.
Gone are those days when university or college education was enough to make a living on. Education then wasn’t as expensive as it’s today where a first degree student will end up with a debt of more than £30,000.00 at the end of a 4-year university programme.
And because of the exorbitant tuition fees, many young men and women have opted for vocational training courses rather than a university or college education that they can’t afford.
Below are what we think you should consider before taking a university admission offer:
#1). Worthiness of the degree to you
If you are unable to meet the requirements for the actual course you had wanted to study, university usually offers a placement on other courses termed “alternatives”. The universities can’t afford to loose a potential student and that is why they always try to come up with something to keep you.
So it’s up to you to decide whether the course the university is offering you is worthy of you time and the money you are going to spend. It’s not the responsibility of the university to ensure that you are doing the right course, it’s your responsibility to decide on a course that fits into your aspiration.
#2). University course relevance
Make sure you have checked the relevancy of the course you are going to study before taking your university admission offer. This is where so many young people are making mistakes because they are pre-occupied with the feeling of being university students, they usually forgot to check on the market value of the course they are going to study.
Yes it is great to be in university, but what we should also remember is that there are quite lots of colleges out there that offers some of these university courses at much cheaper fees. If you are going to study courses like Catering and Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Beauty Therapy and others, I will reckon you go to your local college rather than university because apart from being much cheaper, they also offer you more practical experiences.
#3). Are you doing it for yourself or someone else?
Oh well, this one is really important because not many of the people in the university are there because they actually wanted to be there. Nowadays, many of the young people in the university are on wrong courses because they wanted to either please their parents or they just wanted to feel belong.
While I was in the university, I knew of two guys on my course because of their friends and at the end of the day, they ended up dropping out because they couldn’t cope. You can go to university to please your parents but never attempt to be on a course because of anyone. You may just end up regretting your actions at the end of the day.
#4). Jobs availability
This one is very important because there is no point in going to university to study for three or up to four years and ended up not getting the right job where you can practice what you learned.
Immediately you got your placement offer in the post, make sure you do some kind of feasibility study and probably marketability of the course you are going to the university for.
Before you accept the placement offer, what you should consider is whether there is/are job(s) out there for you after your university education. For instance, an ICT-related course can easily get you a job or you can even be self employed at the end of your university education.