Is University For You?

Monday, 26 September 2016

Is University for you? I think it's a question we need to ask ourselves more. Unless you're planning on becoming a doctor or a lawyer then there should be different pathways that will be able to lead you to your dream career.


Ever since I was little I wanted to be a fashion designer. So naturally whilst doing my A-Levels (Textiles, Art and Business Studies) I started looking into universities. My sixth form strongly encouraged going to university, and unless you were leaving sixth form with an apprenticeship there was very little encouragement or advice the staff gave you on life after sixth form.  There were many assemblies/talks/information on which university to go to and why university is the best option for you.  But very little on what you could do if you didn't decide to go to university.

Had I been more informed on the different courses out there, the variety of fashion courses available and the vast amount of internships that are out there, I would have thought about going to university in a lot more depth. I probably wouldn't have chosen the course that I'm currently on. In a way, I'm glad I chose Fashion Design with Marketing and Production, because it's let me cancel out a few career paths that I was undecided about. I know, for sure that I don't want to be a fashion designer, that I want nothing to do with the production of fashion and that I don't really want to be an illustrator. No matter how much I love drawing. I definitely want to go down the Marketing/ PR path. Had I known this earlier, I would have chosen a Fashion Marketing and PR degree.




University is expensive, theres no doubt about it. There are so many positives to it, the experience alone is amazing, universities have amazing facilities so you should really make the most of them! And the staff, they've more than likely worked in industry, so their knowledge is so valuable. But if you're just going to uni for freshers week and the 'uni lifestyle' then don't bother. There's no point in getting yourself into all of this debt if you're not going to put your all into studying for your degree.

In summary, I guess university was for me. I've learnt so much, I have a much clearer understanding of what I want to do when i graduate and I've met some amazing people, whether thats friends from University or people I've met since interning. So many successful people, have got to where they are without going to University. There's nothing wrong with not going to university, or if you go but it's not for you and you decide to drop out. If you're driven and motivated enough then have faith, and you'll get to where you want to be.

With Love;  Em x

6 comments

  1. Loved this post! It's so difficult when you're in school and trying to decide on what you want to do afterwards FOREVER. Such a scary thing and I too wish there had been more guidance. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Aw thanks Jessie! I'm so glad you agree! It's such a young age to make such a massive decision! xxx

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  2. Expecting someone to know what they want to do with the rest of theirs lives when they are at school is so unrealistic. I was dead set with what I want from my life then after 2 years of college and 2 of uni I just couldn't do it anymore. I wasn't happy and was wasting my time so dropped out. Now, at 25, I couldn't be further from that path or happier with where my career is going. Great post!

    Robyn | <a Robyn | <a href="http://www.robynlouiiise.com>RobynLouiiise</a>

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    1. I totally agree! I'm so glad you liked my post Robyn! xxxx

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  3. It's such a difficult decision to make so young and i am currently in the process, i think i am going to choose against it just because i have really had my fill of the education system! x

    https://wineandwhine99.wordpress.com/

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    1. I totally agree! I don't blame you to be honest!xxxx

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