Most young people aspire to a higher education as it has many benefits. However graduate unemployment has hit a record-high and tuition fees have increased significantly. Many applicants are confused.
- A degree no longer guarantees a graduate a job. You need to be aware of this before you apply to university – and have realistic expectations of what a degree can offer you.
- Job prospects vary widely across subjects. Only by doing sufficient research will you be equipped to understand the long-term trends in the career you’re considering and be able to study the subject that will enable you to pursue it.
Furthermore it is important when making decisions about your future to consider your strengths and passions. I have witnessed firsthand people locked into jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy – each working day is simply something to get through whilst they wait for the weekend to come around.
There are, however, some people who have made a career out of what they are passionate about, and they enjoy their work – they excel at what they do and are very successful. Unfortunately, these people are in the minority.
The world is changing faster than ever. By following traditional practices, you may miss significant opportunities. To realize your potential, you need to invest time and effort in your research and decide which career is best for you. Empowered with this knowledge, you will be able to make an informed decision about what to study at university.
It is possible that you will have multiple careers over the course of your working life. Don’t underestimate, though, how vital it is to find out early enough the direction you want to head in.
The book ‘b4iappy to uni’ will provide you with a 4-step framework to set you on your way. It aims to give structure to your research and show you how to take control of your future.
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