24.3.18

NOT GOING TO UNIVERSITY? • OPTIONS AFTER COLLEGE



Many of you may be approaching that time of the year now in which you have decisions to make regarding your future, whether that be leaving college after completing a BTEC course or even after studying your A levels. You might be worried because you won't get the grades needed to get in to your chosen degree, or you might just not even want to go to university, or take a gap year, which is also completely fine. If you want to find out more about the routes you can take then carry on reading...



H I G H E R / D E G R E E  L E V E L  A P P R E N T I C E S H I P S

One popular route which many people like to go towards is an apprenticeship. This is a brilliant alternative to university if you would like to learn and earn at the same time. There are many different levels of apprenticeships available for example at level 1, 2 or even 3, but why work backwards when you can go in to a degree level apprenticeship as well now. This is so you can achieve a degree at the end of the apprenticeship too. This is an amazing way for people who learn more practically instead of sitting in a classroom or lecture room. They can be searched here www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch and you can select the apprenticeship level, but also type in a location or sector you would like to work in too.

W O R K I N G  F U L L  T I M E

Entering the world of working full time can be a good experience too, maybe to save up for university the following year, or even just build your career in retail. Everybody likes different things and have different interests, and it is completely fine if you don’t want to study further. We all have different ambitions and dreams! Whether that is being a full time blogger, freelance writer, or even selling things from home such as your own art designs or any other crafts.

W O R K I N G  A B R O A D 

Going abroad to explore or even just gain some experience of the world around you can be an awesome opportunity too. There are various projects available abroad at https://www.projects-abroad.co.uk/volunteer-projects/#standard-projects-for-volunteers-aged-16-to-75 in many different sectors ranging from healthcare to journalism. This can look great on your CV and also if you maybe want to go to university later on.


O P E N  U N I V E R S I T Y

If you just don’t like the idea of going to a new environment and move away from home you can also just study through the open university online. They offer you with a wide range of courses and degrees which you can study from the ease of your own comfort zone.


MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

My own personal journey at the moment is that I would like to go to university and study counseling and mental health so that I can work in the mental health sector. I am able to achieve this through passing my exams at college this year hopefully, but if not my backup plan is to go in to a degree level apprenticeship or work full time and resit my exams to enter university the following year. It is important to always have a backup plan as things don’t always work out how we want them to! However, this shouldn’t dishearten you as all things happen for a reason...

USEFUL LINKS:

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

https://www.reed.co.uk/jobs?keywords=entry-level&pagesize=10

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships

https://www.gvi.co.uk/volunteer-abroad/

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-cadet-schemes



I hope you guys liked reading this post and found it helpful. If you would like some more advice then check out some of the useful links above or go and speak to your local careers advisor.


-ROSEYGOLDBOX-

10 comments:

  1. This is such a good post and i really hope this helps some people. As some who left college last year i did not feel ready for uni and i know it's such a big struggle because its like what do you do now? Getting a job is hard and tbh so is getting an apprenticeship! The open university is a good option but i do something called a HNC/HND which is a level 4 and a level 5 at uni level however you can study it at a university campus or your local college may do it, like mine do! It's half the price of uni and you get funding the same way as you would for uni and i think that for someone who isnt ready to go to uni, staying somewhere that you're familiar with helped me and my anxiety so much!

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    1. Thank you so much girly, I'm glad you think so! I hops that is going well for you and it sounds pretty good indeed!x

      FATIMAH • ROSEYGOLDBOX

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  2. These are really great options to someone who might be considering other options asides university Fatimah. I hope someone in need of it finds this post.



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    1. Thank you lily, and sure I will have a look now!x

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  3. I wish I'd have had this post when I left college, its so helpful so thanks for sharing, I'm sure you've helped out a lot of students!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. Ahhh me too! Thank you I hope I have as well x

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  4. This is a really great post! I’ve just started Uni this year however I went through a phase of really wanting to take a gap year. I never really conisidered working full time or doing an apprenticeship but these are both really good options as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you found it informative x

      FATIMAH • ROSEYGOLDBOX

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  5. I wish I had something like this when I left college. I kinda felt like uni was my only option and didn't have the best time! I'm sure this will help so many people x

    Sophie
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    1. Yes I know, same here! I hope it does too x

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