For those who don’t want to give up on their university dream, but don’t feel they can make the financial commitment it entails, sponsored degrees are a path to consider. These, along with certain apprenticeships and school leaver programme, offer the possibility of attending university whilst in employment. Usually on a part-time basis, students can combine their higher education with real work, helping them maintain a secure financial footing whilst completing their studies.
Ultimately, it’s important that young people don’t feel they have to go to university. Rather than starting a degree because you believe it is the only viable career option, the university route should be driven by passion for the subject, not by peer-pressure or media misconceptions. Apprenticeships and school leaver programmes offer unparalleled opportunities for school leavers to gain qualifications, earn money and progress their career. Starting such a scheme by no means closes the door on higher education. Indeed, it may well open it, providing the financial help needed to fund a degree. If it’s the right option for a young person, they shouldn’t be afraid to do something different.
Guest post provided by Aaron Marchant of www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk