Personal views on further education and options
I graduated from University back in July 2014… WOW where did the last 3 and a bit years go to!
It’s scary looking back and thinking about how far I’ve come as a person both physically and mentally, but I am so proud of my achievements to date. So I thought I’d write a bit of a personal blog post regarding the experiences I encountered, the people I met and the degree I undertook all within 3 short years of my life. I will also talk about the good/bad points of University, why I personally chose to go to University and also a reflection on personal thoughts about University and Career options.
It was back in 2011 [so long ago now] that I was faced with the decision about what I wanted to do after college, go straight into employment? Get an Apprenticeship? or Go to University? I’d always enjoyed business studies and had [from a young age] an interest in starting my own company at some point. A lot of my school/college friends were looking at University options and I decided that University was the next path I wanted to go down within the my education. Obviously people have their own reasons for choosing to go on to University or indeed choosing the Apprenticeship option.
With todays generation having to stay in education until 18 years old Apprenticeships are available from 16, so school leavers of today can, if they decide to start earning money from an apprenticeship scheme at this age.
My personal reasons for choosing the University path:
- Since starting college I always had an idea that Business Studies would be the subject I’d study if I opted for University. Mainly due to the diversity of the subject, my enjoyment and enthusiasm for the varying elements of Business, at the end of the day you are paying to go to University so you may as well enjoy what you are studying, RIGHT?!
- My subject field of Business did have apprenticeship options, Business Administration being the prime apprenticeships. I felt if I went down that route I may find myself debating University after completing the 1 or 2 year apprenticeship and wished I’d gone when all my other friends went.
- When talking about University, it always comes with the stigma of well educated individuals therefore I felt a degree under my belt would help towards establishing myself within the Business sector.
- I knew the Business degree was for me, I spent my days reading University prospectus’s about the different Universities and the courses they offered and consequently decided on the Business Management Undergraduate Degree.
- The main reason why I chose this course; The diversity of the subjects, being able to study many elements of Business I felt would be very beneficial to me once I completed my degree programme. The elements included; Business Law, HR and Employment, Marketing Strategy, Finance and Accounting, International Marketing and Business Administration.
Obviously University isn’t fit for everyone, some people are more practically orientated and would rather undertake a ‘hands on’ job or indeed start their career earlier rather than spending 3..4..5 years studying.
Your career path is therefore your decision, if you want to be a plumber taking on a apprenticeship is ideal rather than if you are a budding lawyer a degree is hugely required. So each career path would require varying qualifications and requirements. It may pay to check out your local careers advice fairs, along with the careers advice website.
University can be a daunting prospect, moving to a new city or even country where you do not know anybody… How scary but exciting does that sound?
I moved 210 miles (3 hours 50 minutes) away from my home, I’d always wanted to move away meet new people and enjoy the experience of university rather than being tied to living at home. This doesn’t appeal to some people but I am sure everyone has their reasons are to why they have applied to local or ‘far away’ Universities.
The preparation of moving to University, the University shop so I was moving into halls for my first year of University – I generated a long list of essentials that I would require when I moved in these included;
- Bedding (Check if you are having a double or single bed before you move in then you can purchase your bed sheets, duvets etc)
- Kitchen appliances; Cutlery, Bowls, Plates, Mugs, Glasses, Wooden Spoons, Sauce Pans, Frying Pan, Weighing Scales, Sieve, Utensils (spatulas, tin opener, knives, scissors), Chopping Board, and I am sure I have missed a few essentials!
- Clothing (It was a great opportunity for me to have a clear out as I knew I’d only have a limited amount of room in my halls bedroom)
- Wash Gear Obviosuly you’ll need to take your shampoos, shower gels along with towels – if like me you are in an ensuite room a bath mat is highly recommended 🙂
That is just a short list of some essentials which you will need to set you up for moving to halls. I am sure I have missed other vital things like laundry bag, iron or even pillows but I’d highly recommend making a big list before you head shopping!
I loved going to next at home and Ikea to purchase my university items 🙂
Moving to University
So it’s moving in day, for a lot of people this can be very exciting but also daunting to! The propspect of spending a year in a house or flat with people you don’t know can be SCARY! But just be yourself, you’ll soon be heading for nights out together and movie dates at 3am so just take it all in and absorb the atmosphere. Talk to people, and enjoy your first week away from home.
- Freshers week is the BEST week you’ll have, little worries about studying and lots of drinking games and FUN!!
So make sure you embrace it all and start engaging with your houses mates as much as you can to help you feel at home.
So that is part one of why I chose the University path, and a little insight into preparing and moving to University! I hope you found it enlightening 🙂
Part 2 will be all about my 3 year experiences at University… stay tuned!!