3 Alternatives to University

3 Alternatives to University

University can be an expensive option these days, but a lot of young people don’t realise that there are alternatives that can get them…..

into a good job without the high costs. Here are three important and accessible examples:

1) Apprenticeship Schemes

An apprenticeship is where you work for a firm in the field of work that you want a career in. You will learn all the basics of what they do in a practical way and at the same time attend college to learn all the theory behind the job. The firm is then likely to offer you a job at the end of this training. The advantage of this training is that you get on-the-job experience, as well as theoretical training, so you immediately begin doing work experience in your specialist field.

You are also very likely to have a job at the end of the scheme, which is never guaranteed when you do a degree. It may take you a while to build up to the position you really want, but in the time it would take you to do a degree course you could be well on your way to your chosen profession. 

2) Work Experience

You may not realise, but in the four years that someone takes to do their degree another person could be working their way up from the bottom of a company and making good progress on the ladder through promotion. If you are willing to work hard, try a wide variety of jobs, and network to try to find out where the new opportunities are, you could be advancing through the ranks in a job at a fast rate.

You may have to move to another company if you feel that you have got to a dead end, but ultimately you can reach the same position as a graduate, or better, in 4 years if you work hard and make the most of every opportunity. 

3) College Courses in association with Universities

These days you can often go to your local college and study the same course as you could have done in a university. This works by colleges pairing up with local universities, like OCVC has with several universities in the Thames Valley area. This has the advantage of not having to move away from home and have all the expense of living in halls or in your own accommodation. The course may not cost as much as going to university either. You are unlikely to get a full bachelor’s degree at the end of it, as the course is likely to be only a small part of the total degree course or a foundation degree, but it can really help you on your way.

If you do want to study a full degree at home then you could always choose the Open University. With this form of study you can work full-time if you need to and study part-time in the evenings. This will take a lot longer than the usual sort of degree course but is a lot more affordable and allows you to get work experience at the same time as studying.

So don’t be too upset if you are now priced out of doing a degree course, there are lots of alternatives available; you just need to be willing to go in a different direction and work hard.


This has been a Guukle guest post

Written on behalf of OCVC