Thinking about university
During school or whilst taking your A-Levels it can seem daunting when your teachers are telling you to map out your future and to have a career plan ready. Although the notion of you planning your adult career and what you’re going to do for the rest of your life is a scary process, it is a good idea to at least start thinking about university.
Firstly, you need to think about what you would want to do for your working life, and what you need to do to achieve this goal. This is the hardest step of the ladder – so there is no need to start freaking out now! For some people, the question of what you want to do when you’re older is still unanswered, or even completely left blank. What you should focus on first, is to think about what you enjoy and if there is a job or career in that; like dancing, watching films, or learning about different cultures – there are millions of jobs out there that near enough accommodate to every interest.
After you have found this golden career ladder you want to theoretically climb, you can begin to start researching pathways to lead you to this chosen job. Not every job can be obtained from enthusiasm and a great personality, the majority of well-paid jobs and jobs requiring skill and/or a degree of talent need a qualification from their persons, and it is usually a degree. A degree can be obtained through higher education, for example, learning at a university, an independent college, abroad, or with a course that has on hands experience alongside it. These degrees show employees that you are specialised in a certain area and have spent at least three years learning, studying and working within that field and this is exactly what they want to hear.
Now that you know that your career is only reachable via higher education, you have more decisions to make – don’t worry, all of this decision making does pay off in the end! There are so many options out there for you, like studying in New Zealand to spending a year travelling before you start your degree, the possibilities are endless! The great thing is that universities are here to stay, so if you don’t get to to continue on to higher education straight after you complete your A-Levels, you will have a chance later on in life. Although, it is best to think about when you want to begin this dream job, as the longer you defer university, the longer the wait will be to start your wonderful adult life, where you will be doing the job you love day in and day out.
Some of these decisions will take longer to decide than others, and you should spend a decent amount of time researching the different paths you can take to get your degree – the choices should never be rushed, because you will spend a long time and a lot of money due to a rushed decision! You need to consider where you want to study, how long for, whether you want experience/placements, and when you want it to begin. A portion of students choose to take a gap year in between A-Levels and university, and use this time to get experience in a certain field related to their degree, travel, or to work to save money. The choice is left completely up to you. There are benefits to each path you choose to take, as long as it is utterly perfect for you.
University is a fantastic opportunity to really get involved in a subject that grabs your attention, and where you can meet friends for life. It deserves many hours of pondering and undivided attention when you are thinking about it! The most important thing to remember is that this is your life, your career path and your journey through it, and never let anyone sway your choices along the way. Thinking about university can be as fun as the experience itself, so get that notepad out and start mapping your future!