Nowadays, university education is so expensive that you should have a second thought about it before accepting your university admission or 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 afterward. 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.
Nowadays, tuition fees are extremely exorbitant and it’s denying young people the opportunity to attend college.
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]. Does a University Degree worth it?
If you are unable to meet the requirements for the actual course you wanted to study, the university usually offers placement on other courses termed “alternatives”.
The universities can’t afford to lose 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 your 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
How relevant is the university course to your career plans? Ensure you check the relevance of the course you are going to study before taking your university admission offer.
This is where so many young people are making mistakes nowadays. This is because they are preoccupied 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. However, you should also remember that some colleges are offering some of these university courses at much cheaper fees.
It’s advisable to go to college if you are going to study courses like Hospitality, Health, Social Care, etc. Going to a local college is sometimes cheaper and offers you more practical experiences.
#3]. Are you doing it for yourself or someone else?
This one is really important because some people are in the university to please someone. Nowadays, some young people in the university are on the wrong courses.
This is usually because they wanted to either please their parents or they just wanted to feel belong. 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
It’s very important to consider the kinds of job opportunities that are available when accepting an offer to study a course.
There is no point in going to university to study and ending up not getting the right jobs. I meant the kinds of jobs 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 are jobs 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.