What is the best job I can get if I don't go uni?

Asked by Anonymous - 4 weeks ago

ive been rejected from 3 out of my 5 top choices but I don't want to go to my bottom 2 even if I get an offer. im not looking to spend all that money just to get a degree from plymouth. what's the best job i could get if i decided not to get to uni at all? is not going to uni at all a bad shout for my long-term earning potential?

2 Answers

Mahad Samatar - 1 week ago

Just because everyone these days has a degree, not having one could potentially put you at a disadvantage. There's lots of other reasons to go to university as well, for example improving your social skills, networking and just having fun. Also I wouldn't be so harsh on Plymouth because it really depends what you're studying. 

On the other hand if I could do it all again I would probably spend the money and time I spent at uni trying to learn programming or data science. If you studied it properly for the 3 years of uni then you'd have a higher salary at 21 than most graduates

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Hal G - 1 week ago

Hi Anon! Just want to preface my answer with a small discretion: I live in Canada so I'm not completely familiar with the university system in the UK. 

With that being said I think that there are many things to consider when choosing which university to attend (or if to attend at all) and by only looking at it from one aspect you miss out on seeing the bigger picture. I know that choosing a prestigious university comes with many benefits but its definitely not the end all and be all. You are gravely mistaken in thinking that the type of university you attend will completely dictate the types of job you will have, and the sorts of salaries you can command, in the future. Your drive, passion, skills and level of expertise are all super important to employers regardless of your alma mater

Also the concept of 'best' job is highly subjective. If by best you mean a high paying job then that isn't the best measuring stick. There are plenty of high paying jobs (with or w/out degrees) that are either extremely labour intensive, require long hours or are extremely stressful. You need to consider a whole host of things when considering which careers to pursue. For instance, what sorts of careers suit your interests, would you be okay with a standard 9-5 or are you looking for a career that provides more flexibilty? Does your career align with your values? How important is career stability? You need to examine the careers you think you would be best suited for. Start by doing your research than speak with individuals in those specific industries to get a feel for what that profession entails.

To answer your last question, unfortunately, not having a degree can impact your long-term earning potential. Most employers list having a degree /certification as a hard requirement at minimum (even if its not completely related to the job). By not getting one you may be putting yourself at a disadvantage. 

Lastly, I would like to point out that univeristy is not for everyone, it could be worth looking into colleges which offer courses that are considerably shorter but can be incredibly valuable as they tend to be more specific and career-focused. 

The biggest takeway from this post is to start looking at your situation in a more holistic sense to make a more informed decision.

Hope this was helpful!

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