In 3 or 4 years’ time, would you rather look back and say: I regret my choice of degree? Or: It was the best decision I ever made?
Shockingly, nearly half of students and graduates in East Anglia say they regret going to university, according to recent research. The same study, from Barclays Apprenticeships, found that just over half say they do not need a degree for their current job.
Look beyond your degree
One clear lesson from these stats is the importance of looking really closely at the career opportunities that your degree will lead on to.
Do your research. The Unistats website allows you to compare courses and find out things such as the employment outcomes for graduates, the most common jobs they go on to, and how much they are earning 3 years after their course.
Degrees aren’t just available in universities
A common misconception is that degrees are only available in universities. This is not true. Many colleges, like City College Norwich, offer a range of vocational (work-focussed) degrees and other Higher Education courses.
The beauty of vocational Higher Education courses is that they are specifically designed to link closely with the industry you are interested in. Employers have a big say in shaping the course, which ultimately makes the graduates more employable.
But aren’t uni degrees better?
Although traditional universities may have the kudos and reputation, this doesn’t necessarily mean that their courses will be better quality or better for your future employment prospects.
In reality, colleges work closely with neighbouring universities in developing their Higher Education courses. Here at City College Norwich for example, our degrees are validated and awarded by the University of East Anglia – a top 20 university with whom we have Associate College status.
Small is beautiful
Smaller HE centres like colleges can also bring other benefits for students. Such as smaller class sizes, ensuring you get more time with your lecturers. College-based Higher Education also tends to focus on a smaller number of courses in which the college has a true strength and specialism, backed up by excellent links to employers.
Here at City College Norwich, this includes courses in health, sport, hospitality, engineering, construction and even aviation engineering – course areas that all have clear and rewarding career pathways available to graduates.
Find out more
If you are searching for courses through Clearing, or haven’t yet decided on what and where to study, talk to us today about the great Higher Education opportunities available with City College Norwich.
Call into The Advice Shop to find out more and speak to a course adviser today.