Student speak: life after A-levels
March 30, 2009
The average 18 year old is faced with two choices after A-Levels - go to university or find a job.
The question is though, which one is for you?
Yan Couper-Harris, a student at Braciknell and Wokingham College, debates the decision every school leaver has to face.
With some tutors pushing the idea of university and showing less interest in students who want to find a job, it’s hardly surprising that the majority of students go to university.
The philosophy is very much ‘go to university and you’ll be set for life’.
But is this really the case?
It hardly seems fair on the students as the teachers appear not to have their interests at heart.
So why go to university?
Although I personally am not planning on going, I am constantly surrounded by people who are planning their university adventure.
This would appear to be the most stressful year for any student: looking for the right university; finding the right course; making sure you get the best grades; and then finding the right words to use, in an attempt to sell yourself among thousands of other students.
However, my main problem would be the student loan, oh the fun! Paying thousands of pounds for a degree that is not guaranteed to help you with your chosen career path.
In the current financial climate getting into debt at the age of 18 doesn’t sound like a good idea to me, as you’ll have even more loans/ mortgages in years to come.
However, university does give students some great experiences and key skills that are valuable for life.
University gives students the independence they crave.
Living on your own for the first time is definitely something you’ll never forget.
The social side is another reason that students attend university, making more friends, improving their social life and not having to live under mum and dad’s rules.
But does that make university the right place to go to?
Another question that occurs to me is, if a degree at university means so much, then what was the past 15 years in compulsory education for?
As a student myself, unlike many of my peers, I have chosen not to go to university and to go for a full-time job/apprenticeship, as I feel that this is better suited for me.
While at college I have received a lot of support for this choice and help from my lecturers.