Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela
If you know exactly what career you want then you may find that a degree is an absolute necessity, and it is a fantastic qualification to hold which can really aid your working life – even if you change your mind and decide to become an Accountant after completing a Physics degree (which happens a lot actually!)
One very interesting thing to note though is how Apprenticeships compare…
|GCSEs (grades D-G)||NVQ Level 1|
|O Levels / GCSEs (grades C and above)||NVQ Level 2|
|AS / A Levels||NVQ Level 3|
|HNC / HND & Foundation Degree||NVQ Level 4|
|Masters Degree||NVQ Level 5|
Now, this doesn’t include other qualifications like Awards, Certificates and Diplomas, but the main point I’m trying to make is: you can get a degree equivalent without ever going to University.
The top benefits of Apprenticeships:
- No student loans or tuition fees = no debt!
- Earn whilst you work (including paid holidays)
- Enter the working world earlier than graduates
- Suitably paced – no max time limit for completion (within reason)
- Extra support whilst building up your skill-base and confidence
As I said above, there are roles out there that necessitate a degree – but maybe the career/sector you’re looking to get into is more than happy accepting you with something else instead.
Research your options, people!