Is University Really Worth It & Following your dreams

OK, I feel like I might get some slack for writing this blog post, but please understand these are just my opinions, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions right?
Lets start of with the question you're probably all thinking at this point "Did Laura go to uni?" No I didn't, I did do my A levels and was actually talked out of going to uni by my parents! It does upset me sometimes when I have told people that, most parents would be proud if their daughter or son decided to study more, not mine. I mean my parents did have their reasons, they didn't go to uni themselves and so they're not all about being majorly academic. They both work full time and manage to afford to live. I guess they don't know me well enough. They don't know how much I wanted to take psychology, and learn to write so that I could write a novel or write for a magazine. Now some of you may be thinking, "What's stopping you Laura, you can still go to uni now, don't let your parents stop you" This statement is right.
This is where I come to my next point - is uni actually really worth it? 

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I currently work full time and earn an good enough wage. The job and company I work for has a mixture of people working for them. Some left school at the age of 16, some did their A levels like me and quite a few of them have uni degrees!! All those people that have studied for years, and ranked up a huge loan are doing the same job as me. Now I guess it takes time to find your job in your required field, but these days I believe that unless you want to be a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer or some degree required field, you could be wasting your time. I am trained well with computers, I took extra qualifications as well as doing double IT in my A levels, yet I couldn't get a computer job because I lacked experience (being only 18 at the time). I have known people for years that cannot get a job because of experience and that's what I believe makes you stand out to the next candidate. I believe everyone's paths are different, maybe you want or have been to uni for the experience. I am sure that's one of the main reasons I wanted to go. So if you're asking is uni really worth it?, well for me it probably is a mixed yes and no, and for you, that's for YOU only to decide.

At the moment I'm semi happy with my job, sometimes I hate it, sometimes I like it. I get to use computers and I know I'm good at my job. I know that if I wanted to study that bad there are online uni courses that I could take. If you're not sure about uni, there's always going back at a later date. You can go when you're 25, 26,27. You don't have to go when you're 18. My only advice would be choose wisely what subject you take because if you can't use all that hard work in a job in later life, it will have been a waste of time.
I have mentioned before, but this blog is a way for me to write as well as be more imaginative. My path is my own, I've seen where other peoples blogs take them and it just motivates me to carry on. Everyone has to start somewhere. I am not following my dreams as much as I could do because I'm scared, yep I said it! I have been put down for doing things outside my comfort zone before and I will only do the safe things. My advice would be, if you're young make the most of it because you can try different things and not be like "that's my job for the rest of my life"

What are your dreams for the future, and what do you think about uni?!

Love Laura xxx

17 comments

  1. I agree with your whole post! It's hard getting a job as it is..and I know people with really good qualifications or a degree..in the end experience is key! More rant-y kinda posts please :) xo

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    1. Thankyou! I love doing ranty posts, I just need to think on what subject lol, any ideas?! x

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  2. I think you should just do whatever makes you happy :)
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  3. You're so right! University is a weird topic. Most people are expected to figure it all out at 18 and go to school and end up leaving because it's not for them. I've seen some people fail horribly because their parents forced them to go and later on want to come back but they have those negative marks against them.
    Also, it's normal to be scared and I think most people are, we just don't admit it. I hope your dreams come true and everything goes well for you!

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    1. aw thankyou Janette, that's really sweet. I think it's bad to force someone to go to university. x

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  4. You made some really great points. I am actually still in university and I'm in my mid-20's. It's taken me ridiculously long to finish because I struggled a lot academically and then changed my major a couple of times. If I had another chance, I would've probably just gone for a qualification like culinary school or something- saved a lot of time and money. I'm too close to graduating now to quit, though. I think that if a person is getting financial help from the government to attend school, then by all means, they should definitely go. If not, like you said, they can go later in life. I don't think it hurts to do both work and school, if possible. I am not brave enough to work without having a degree because I never would've survived going straight from high school into the real world. But nope, I definitely don't think college is for everyone. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do in the future. :)

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    1. I think it's great that you decided to study, I hope you don't quit! I agree, working and studying is hard, but it's worth it in the future. thankyou :) x

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  5. very true! ultimately i think it comes down to the person. there are a lot of jobs where your book smarts (in the beginning) are more valuable than your experience for example if you wanted to be a doctor, or something like that. :)
    but i guess it's just about the person, and if they want to do it or not & if it will help their career or not :)

    x leah symonne x

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    1. I totally agree, it's down to the person. Even if someone doesn't want to be something like a doctor, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication x

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  6. I'm completely in the same boat as you - I have a job that pays pretty well for the small town I live in and I never went to uni. I do feel that if you have the opportunity, it is good to do it and get it under your belt you know? So that it is always a fall back. Plus, as a writer, I'd love to work for a magazine but the industry is very fussy and rightly so... they are instantly drawn towards those with a higher qualification unfortunately!

    I'm studying an online journalism course now though - so I don't know. The choice is yours x

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    1. Ye I know what you mean, it's always good to have a degree there just in case. Ahh, you're so much like me, I can only dream to work as a writer at the moment! x

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  7. Me and my Hubby both did not attend a UNI and it was mainly because here in the states, your parents have to help u pay for part of what u don't get covered by scholarships. And unfortunately we both come from pretty "average" families who could not afford it. But we both worked our way up in the companies we work for and make more $ then most of our friends who have their degrees. We think its totally up to u and how hard u work! Good luck Laura!!!!

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    1. Ahh, I'm so glad you commented this, it has proved my point right... And I love being right ;) lol xx

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  8. You should be so proud of this post Laura, it's so full of honesty and truth and I know I'm proud of you for writing it! I'm so sorry your parents talked you out of going to Uni, it always saddens me when I hear things like this. I never understand why parents can't just want the best for their own, which is after all, doing what makes YOU happy. I'm glad to hear sometimes you do enjoy your job. As you say "your path is your own" it's more than OK to be scared of dreams, they can be so overwhelming and what's that expression "if your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough?" I know you have the determination, guts and spirit to follow your dreams, and keep your head up, it's all about stepping stones <3

    You made some really valid points about Uni, and I agree that if you want to work in a required field it is necessary, but if not, it can be a real waste of money and time. Those student loans! o.O
    I think it's great that in this day and age it's a lot more accepted that you can get to where you want by doing what you want and not necessarily needing a degree for that. I still find it sad a certain stigma is attached to Uni. Like a few weeks back someone asked me if I would ever be going to Uni, and that I could always consider going in a few years, and I found that really patronising, especially as I'd already told this person I had no interest in going! Just because someone has a "degree" it doesn't always mean they will get to where they want. I know so many people who have gone to Uni and come home to work in Costa or the like when they've wanted to do law or a required field. It just shows you. So many companies just want experience, and if you've worked instead of going to further education I think that can count for a lot.

    I can really relate to what you said about parents. My mum means well but I feel throughout my life she has dictated what career route I've gone down. She suggested I do secretarial courses at college and continue to work in admin because you can "always have a career in that" never mind that I never wanted a career in that, but because I lacked any confidence when I was around 17/18, I just gave in and believed what she said to be true. Fast forward 5 years and I've hated every waking moment of working in admin and feel I've wasted so much time. Finally I built up the courage to quit, did some travelling, and know I'm considering my next career move. While I know my mum would love me to go straight back to admin again as I'm running out of money, I'm determined not to let her "decide" my life, and I'm determined to try and live it how I want to, instead of how others want me to.

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. First of all, thankyou so much for your support! It really does mean a lot!
      I am glad in a way that I'm not the only one that didn't have family members support my dreams, in fact they don't even know about mine. I have followed the career that all my family in generations has kinda done and it gets me down sometimes. I do think I can be something so much better (not in a big headed way)! I'm glad you went and traveled, I wish I had that get and go attitude because you're only young once. I just think too practically because at the end of the day I need a job, otherwise no one will help me out with money. #gutted xx

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  9. great post :) I loved uni because I loved learning and opened so many doors for me, although I have yet got to get a job in my field. It did give me quality of life

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