Careers away from Higher Education: Uni’s not for Everyone

by Kyle Taylor on September 18, 2013

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Student LoanFor many of our youth (and mature students alike), university isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to a successful future. In fact, when you look at some of the more impractical degree courses, our youngsters are throwing themselves into years of study for a qualification that will prove to be useless when out in the big world. While thousands will be waiting patiently for their A Level results this summer, to see whether their chances of being accepted into their chosen uni are good or not, others will prefer to give Higher Education a wide berth.

Of course, it depends largely on the individual. Where many people thrive in an academic setting and will flourish throughout their time in their faculty, others would prefer to get stuck in and give a professional trade a good bash. With great job prospects and professional qualifications up for the taking, it’s no wonder 50% of school leavers don’t consider university. With an abundance of apprenticeships and courses available that can help to hone the tradesman skills, looking towards a trade can appeal to many and who can blame them?

Whether you want to become an electrician and work for yourself or take on one of the electrician roles at British Gas or you’ve always had a passion for being a grease monkey and would love to enrol in a mechanics course at your local college, careers away from Higher Education are endless. You just need to be willing to put in the hard graft to learn the skills and achieve the qualifications you need to be the best at what you do and you will be plain sailing.

If you’re a bit stuck about where your passions lie, take a look at these superb careers that could be perfect for your skill set, without having to worry about lectures, seminars and the dreaded student loan.

  • Sales jobs, whether you choose to work face to face as an advisor or in telesales where the gift of the gab is your friend, can provide excellent remuneration packages without the need for university qualifications.
  • Engineering jobs can set you up for life and while it requires a lot of hard work, your professional development will continue for years.
  • Everyone needs a plumber or an electrician, so these careers are almost foolproof if you know what you’re doing and you have a USP. While it will mean working hard, in the future, your own business wouldn’t necessarily be a pipedream.

Of course, there are plenty of careers available without needing a degree. Hospitality, retail, social care – there’s bound to be something that will fulfil your passions and provide you with a happy future.

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