*So, I wrote this post originally in March 2015 (and made the video at the same time), but I’ve added some 2018 updates based on my experiences of working in a further education college between then and now.
It’s getting to that point of the year now where a lot of you will have already applied to university, or your friends have and you’re wondering whether it’s an option that’s good for you or not.
I’m currently studying at university (and have been there a lot longer than the average Bachelor’s student!) so I would like to share my experiences with you and answer some of the questions that I wish I had asked when I was doing my A-Levels and was planning on going to university myself. This isn’t just aimed at those of you who are 17/18 years old, it can also be an incredibly helpful tool for mature students wanting to get back into education. You can find the full video and listen to all my advice on YouTube below…
I hope you enjoy the video and it helps you with your decision or even helps in preparing yourself for university if you have already applied! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more comments or questions about my experiences – there are plenty of embarrassing ones to tell!
Since writing this blog post and making this video about whether university is the best choice for everyone, I have actually worked at a further education college with students who have been studying technical diplomas and courses. I can honestly now say that university is a great option for some people, but it’s certainly not the only choice any more. BTECs and other similar qualifications have such a bad reputation, and it’s confusing to me now why this is. BTECs show that students are dedicated to a subject and a career path, can give amazing insight into the world of work like A Levels simply can’t, and can lead to more successful students in many areas of work. Did you know that Peter Jones CBE (Dragon’s Den) did a BTEC? Do what you enjoy and choose the path that’s best for you to get you to where you want to go in life.