I often get asked why I didn’t go to University, particularly by employers, my past teachers and mutual friends. There isn’t a straight answer because especially at the beginning, I didn’t understand why I didn’t just go. Soon after I saw my friends at freshers meeting new people and I began regretting my decision not to apply. However, being 20 years old in a full-time job as a Digital Marketing Assistant, I didn’t think I’d say it but I’m so glad that I didn’t go to Uni. Read on for some of the reasons why I didn’t and why I’m so happy with my choice.
#1 I Wasn’t Sure On What To Do
In year 10-11 of high school, before the reality of applying for Uni was a thing, I was set on going. I’d seen Nottingham University with my sister (she was looking to go a year before me) and thought it was the perfect place to go. I also loved the look of Chester. However, when it came to picking a course, there wasn’t anything that shouted out to me and the idea of being tied down for 3+ years on a course I might not have liked was a massive off-put.
#2 I Left Applying Really Late
I’m not sure what it’s like abroad, but going to University in the UK revolved around something called UCAS. Now I don’t actually know what it is properly, as it was rather confusing and boring. So, UCAS in general just seemed like a massive pain to me. If I’m being honest, I couldn’t be bothered to go through the process of submitting whatever it was we had to submit and applying for student loans and all of the boring admin rubbish.
I kept putting it off and putting it off until finally when it was crunch time, it was too late to apply. Though I did have time to apply, it was a relief that the cut off date had passed.
#3 I Hated The Thought of Being In Debt
Everyone says, “well you’re doing marketing now, so why didn’t you go University for it?” The simple answer is I didn’t need to. Why go be stuck in lots of debt and come out of University to get paid what I’m currently being paid? It’s bonkers. Graduate marketing jobs out there often start on the salary that I get paid after spending 2 years earning money and gaining experience. I know that I’ve had to work for 2 years but during this time I’ve been generating a steady income without having to work silly shifts in often crappy, part-time jobs.
#4 I Didn’t Want To Move Away
You’re probably thinking, “well you don’t have to live away if you go to University” and yes I know that. However, for me, University wouldn’t be University without living away. It sounds strange but from watching many teen movies, I always had an idea of University being living alone, far away from home. I saw it as the best way to get the most out of the experience. To meet new people, learn to live by myself and so on. As I wasn’t really set on doing this, my vision of University would be a destroyed and hence I didn’t want to go.
That, and I was in a relationship. No doubt people will think that’s a stupid reason but it was an additional factor, rather than the main reason. If applying for Uni wasn’t such a chore, I 100% knew what I wanted to do or had to go for my future career, being in a relationship wouldn’t have stopped me. So, this doesn’t really count as a valid reason. Though, being with Tyler was something I didn’t want to jeopardise by taking a risk I wasn’t keen on taking.
Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Go To Uni
- I’ve spent 2 years earning a decent wage instead of getting in debt. Therefore, I can plan for a house and start a future earlier.
- I’m learning as well as earning. My career allows me to learn new skills without having to juggle part-time or shift work, separately. My weekends and evenings can be spent doing as I please whilst my friends at Uni have lectures in the day, go to work in the evening and often work on the weekends too.
- Obviously, if you’re reading this you’ll know that I’ve started a blog. Without gaining the skills to do so from work, you wouldn’t be here today. I mentioned in my first blog post that I’ve always been interested in creating one and thanks to my job, I’ve learnt how to do just that.
- My job has opened me to so many new adventures like visiting cities such as London, Manchester, Nottingham and more. On these adventures, I’ve met a whole bunch of people. Some from across the globe like Texas, America, others from neighbouring cities which has helped open my social circles.
- I have gained a bucket full of experience. This shows future employers that I can actually do the related jobs I may go for.
- Whilst most of my friends will be going to graduate-level jobs I’ll be progressing to senior positions.
- I still have plenty of time for holidays, without having to worry if I can afford it or not. That doesn’t mean I’m “rolling in it” but my income is a lot better than the average student income.
Going to University isn’t for everyone. You don’t have to feel like your missing out if you decide not to go. You can still get a great career, if not better by choosing to go straight into employment. Or, alternatively you can do an apprenticeship like I did.