OPINION: Is it still worth going to university?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 August 2017


We’ve all heard stories of people who went to university and then ended up doing jobs that didn’t require a degree.

I often get asked whether it’s still worthwhile going to university in light of the costs associated with studying, or whether you would be better off just getting experience.

Working at a university, I am definitely on the side of education. But there are very sound reasons why it still makes good career sense to obtain a degree, whether that’s studying full-time or part-time, or through an employer-sponsored programme.

The East and South East London Area review highlighted the challenge the local area faces in ensuring that local people have the higher level soft and formal skills required for success in the current and future job market. Job opportunities associated with degree level qualifications are projected to substantially increase by 2036, whilst jobs associated with lower level qualifications are projected to decrease.

Some roles that did not previously require a degree as part of their entry requirements, now do - both in a formal sense; ie to enter the police force, or more informally such as a career in events management.

At UEL we deliver degrees that focus on hands-on, practical and professional learning, giving graduates the skills and experience they need to enter and progress in a shifting job market.

And it’s not just college and school leavers who are applying now (through Clearing) to join UEL this September. Many mature students have realised that to get where they want in their chosen career a degree really is necessary.

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