Not Going To Uni?

I’ll be 29 in a few short months and yet I still receive emails about University alternatives I must have signed up to more than 10 years ago. I thought I would share my non-university experience for those who are struggling with their decision not to go right now.

IMG_6085-846x400You think you should go, everyone makes you feel like you should go.. well let me tell you, 10 years ago it was even worse. You were assumed to be ‘staying on’ in school and the only question was which degree you were aiming for. Now I’ve never been mega ambitious, I tried sixth form (as I understand it this is now mandatory? *snooze*) but I wanted to get out there and earn some money so I opted out earlier than your average. I then went on to have a baby at 19 (she just turned 9, scary stuff!) so really further education was never going to be on the cards for me.

Over the years I’ve tried various courses, open university, ICS, work based NVQs and the like.. there’s always opportunity to develop yourself if you’re interested, you don’t HAVE to spend years at ANOTHER learning  institute unless you actually require a degree for your chosen career path.. since I had no chosen career path or really any ambition to speak of I definitely didn’t fall in to that category.

I think the worst stories are those of people who spend all that time and money earning that qualification only to decide that’s not what they want to do after all.. so the degree ends up no more than a very expensive piece of paper. That would have eaten me up inside. 18 is NOT the time to have to commit yourself to one job for the rest of your life if you ask me (and you didn’t but you’re still reading so I’ll continue) – I don’t think I would agree with much my 18 year old self thought or said 10 years on and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted her to choose my job for life.

IMG_2317Don’t get me wrong, she still put me in a nice amount of debt and did make the occasional good decision (babies? yes, husbands? not so much) but I have changed so much in that time. I have never regretted not going to university, I feel like it would have just delayed my life.. I’ve had so much more real life experience because I didn’t go and all I really missed was a lot of drinking .. lets face it, I still did that.

I’ve had a real mix of jobs and in my experience a lot of it comes down to confidence and pure dumb luck. The job I have right now is with one of the top paying employers in my area (if not the top), I’m working  alongside graduated earning no less than them and working only 2 days a week I’m now earning the same money I used to full time. I was a very low paid temp for years with the same company, opportunities arose for permanent employment and promotions and I went for them. Even my GCSE results weren’t amazing so nothing I have right now is thanks to education.

The most important thing to remember is that you can’t wait around for something to happen for you, although a lot of what I have now is thanks to some bouts of good luck I believe that you at least in part make your own luck. If you sit around with a negative attitude it’s unlikely anything is every going to change, be proactive and go out for what you want.. even if you’re not sure what that is. I meandered for a long time but I don’t believe a University experience would have given my any more direction.

IMG_5555My blog was born from a period of unemployment, I was bored out of my mind and discovered the blogging/YouTube community and decided to give it a go. It’s now a lucrative hobby which has led to so many experiences and opportunities I would never have had without it. I often think I’ve kind of grown up online, my 4 and a half years writing and filming bits and pieces of my life and thoughts about pretty much everything have been more productive than 4 years in a classroom could have been. I’m not suggesting EVERYONE needs a blog (although pretty much everyone does have one now, right?) but if you’re worrying that University was going to be the best experience of your life.. don’t. You have SO many years ahead of you.. and just think how much more you’ll be able to do with that ancome you have from WORKING rather than learning!

I know this was very anti-uni but I’m speaking to those of you who aren’t really interested.. if you’re an academic type/have a bright future ahead of you as a Solicitor/Doctor etc then have at it and enjoy your time doing it. This was just my 2 cents, it’s not the be all and end all.. much like the rest of your school life it’s a small period of time in the grand scheme of things and if you don’t think it will benefit you, don’t go.

Miss BB

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  1. Stephanie McDaniel
    9 September, 2014 / 10:09 am

    Its so nice to see a balance. I left school and began an apprenticeship in ICT instead of the traditional computer science at uni route and I have never regretted it. I earned a wage whilst I learnt (a not bad one at that) I am not on more money that one friend who did the Uni route and I recently got a new job where everyone I ‘beat’ was a graduate. I remember going back to ‘prize day’ after we finished school and the amount of people who turned there nose up when i said I working with one day in college was insane – teachers included. Far to much emphasis is put on Uni when there is so many other great options out there – uni can work for some but for me and many like me, 3 more years of studying was not what i wanted!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 11:51 am

      Only one person in my family did a degree and that’s my mum. She then went on to have to totally retrain in later life for a job that her degree wasn’t suited to.. so although her experience (she moved to London for college) was probably amazing she never actually needed that qualification

  2. 9 September, 2014 / 11:39 am

    This was such a refreshing post to read. I hate it when people think the only route you can take is uni. To me those people have very closed minds as the rest of us know that you can get a good career is you decide not to go to uni. x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 11:50 am

      There are so many paths you can take and if you want to go at a later point in life it’s still there for you

  3. emily
    9 September, 2014 / 11:41 am

    I totally agree that university isn’t for everyone and isn’t always necessary, however I would like to add that even if you hate/hated 6th form or college (which I certainly did!) university can still be a great option & experience. After a rough two years with my A-Levels the last thing I wanted to do was more studying, but for all the reasons you state above, I got swept along at school and went anyway, but nonetheless had a great time & achieved academically far beyond what I thought I could ever achieve.

    I am now studying for my Masters degree, and while I still look at my current studies probably through rose tinted glasses as I love it so much, and look back at my A-Level years with dread, I honestly feel that I am coping better with a postgraduate level course than I ever did a school! I hated ‘learning to pass exams’ which is what school felt like to me, but honestly both the choice available and style of learning at uni is so different!

    I also completely agree that work experience is probably the most valuable thing on your CV & certainly stress the importance of working/volunteering along side your studies (if thats the route you choose) however would like to add that especially nowadays, sadly a degree is a prerequisite for so many entry level jobs, certainly in my field, I wouldn’t get an entry level position without at least a Bachelors degree!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 11:49 am

      If you need a degree for your chosen job then you need a degree, end of. If the job is important to you then you have no choice BUT there are plenty of jobs you don’t need a degree for and providing you’re willing to start at the bottom. I think I would have found it very difficult to adjust to the working world had I extended my studying by 5+years but it’s a very personal choice. I speak to those who don’t think it’s for them but worry that it will set them back.. I don’t believe it will

  4. Jane
    9 September, 2014 / 11:58 am

    I like the idea of this blog post but it’s so patronising. Just because uni isn’t for you doesn’t mean it’s not for others. My degree has nothing to do with the job I do now, but I wouldn’t change my uni days for the world.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 12:13 pm

      I don’t think so at all.. you did a degree which you don’t use in your career.. if you had been on the fence about uni and worried that you’d need that degree to get a job you needn’t have worried. I’m not advising people not to go to uni, I’m saying that if you don’t really want to and you don’t need a qualification for the field you want to work in then it’s a choice not a neccessity. A lot of people feel that they HAVE to and they don’t. Plenty of people do and love it, plenty of people don’t and are just fine.

      I’m not saying the way I did it was the right way, I’m not saying that anything I’ve done (ie: having a baby at 19) is the right thing to do so I definitely didn’t intend to sound like I know best. I was trying to ease the fears of those who aren’t going that it doesn’t matter by sharing my person experience. I thought I was clear on that point but apologies if I offended you

  5. 9 September, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    Love reading this article. Everybody has their own path to follow and not going to an university doesn’t mean that you’ve failed in life.

    I have a degree from an university with the intention of working in that branche, but life took a different course. My body can’t handle the amount of pressure/stress anymore so I had to look for a job in a different branche. In this economy, it is still hard to find a job but I’m much more happier than I was before.

    No matter what you do or what choices you make (going or not going to uni): you will get experience in life and you will take this with you every day.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 2:34 pm

      I can’t imagine anyone ever regrets going to uni unless they leave without gaining a degree lol.. and although you didn’t use yours in the field you achieved it you learned something about yourself that you may not have for years had you not had that experience

  6. Kirsty
    9 September, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    Completely agree that 18 is far too young to decide what you want to do with your life. Me at 18 went to uni to follow my then boyfriend (cringe!) so ended up studying something I found really interesting but not all that useful, Criminology with Psychology. I learned a lot at uni, not just relating to my degree and I don’t regret going at all but I do wish I’d waited and made sure I knew what I wanted to do.

    Now I’m nearly 25 and much more grown up (no more following boys anywhere for me!), in a minimum wage job whilst applying for a nursing degree – something I know I wasn’t mature enough for at 18, but know is perfect for me now. My Criminology degree will never be more than an expensive wall decoration. There is far too much pressure on young people to go to university, especially if you show any kind of academic talent! I always did reasonably well at school and college so that question was always “where are you going to uni then?” not “do you want to go?”… makes me so angry, I was just a child really!

    Such a long comment, sorry! It’s just something I feel really passionately about, if I ever have children I will be making sure they know that there are so many more options out there!

  7. Lucy G
    9 September, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    Khila I think is fantastic. I genuinely do think a lot of people turn their nose up at those who haven’t or don’t want to go to uni and it’s nice to see someone finally put it from this perspective. I couldn’t agree with more everything you said. Unless you absolutely need the degree, don’t feel pressured to get one! This is why I find you by far the most relatable blogger out there. Super post xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 2:32 pm

      I don’t remember the last time it came up in conversation or even a job interview about which stage of education I reached

  8. Victoria
    9 September, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    I did go to uni and I’m glad I did. I’m 28 and when I went it was around £1000 per year. I don’t think I’d be going now at the fees today.
    I did Mechanical Engineering, but am now self employed and have never used my degree. But I am glad I went, other than the degree I made lots of friends, had the most fun, moved out of home and learnt important life lessons I woulndn’t have otherwise and became more independant.
    It’s not for everyone, if you didn’t enjoy school it’s probably not for you. I also think these days with the costs, unless you are doing a degree that you need for a job you want I.e. Medicine, then you’d probably be better off getting a job or some kind of apprentiship.
    I left school at the same time as a friend who got an engineering apprentiship, he now owns a house, has a fancy car, earns over £30000 a year. I left uni and couldn’t find a job so began working in my (now) husband’s business. I like what I do, but the reality is we’ll never own a house, I can’t afford to learn to drive, I’ll probably never pay my student loan off, but I enjoy the freedom being self employed gives us.
    Pros and cons for both, everyone is different, great post though.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 2:27 pm

      In fairness this wasn’t a balanced post but it wasn’t intended to be.. it wasn’t a ‘should you go to uni?’ it was a ‘so you’re not going to uni’ lol – I totally understand the benefit of a degree if you need one and the whole uni life experience sounds great but if people aren’t bothered then it’s not some right of passage that you’ll be missing if you don’t go.

      It works for some, not for others

      • Victoria
        9 September, 2014 / 5:14 pm

        My comment was a general waffle about what I did, not meant to say your post wasn’t balanced, if that’s how it came across. It’s interesting to read about people that did go and didn’t. I felt school pushed everyone into going even if they weren’t keen, I don’t think that’s right. At no stage in 6th form were we given any info on other options after school.
        Totally agree it’s not for everyone.

  9. Suze
    9 September, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    Khila, you’ve obviously had a positive experience of leaving school when you had the chance and I see you as being a successful role model and achieving a lot – after all, there is more than one route to success and not just the path to Uni. I agree with a lot of your points – I agree that Uni should only be an option for those who actually WANT to go, despite the pressure many people feel under. I also agree that choosing your course and intended career path at such a young age is a huge pressure and not everyone has clear cut goals…..but, I disagree that changing your mind about your chosen career means that your degree is then “no more than a very expensive piece of paper”.

    Achieving a degree is about much more than just jumping through a specific hoop purely to get a specific job. Aside from the personal development/life lessons gained along the way, just the fact that you HAVE a degree, ANY degree, will always be worthwhile regardless of whether or not it relates to the job you end up in. Of course certain careers demand certain entry qualifications but a degree should never be seen as a waste if the course syllabus has apparently little/no relevance to your occupation – the process of achieving the degree counts for a lot, it’s not just about the subject studied.

    Sure, there are always people who have successfully carved out a great career on the back of few/no qualifications so not having a degree is not necessarily a barrier to success, but a degree will always enhance a CV at the very least. Yes, there are other ways to demonstrate that you can apply yourself, knuckle down and achieve your goals but unfortunately there are still many fields/industries in which a degree, any degree, counts for a LOT – sometimes this is made obvious, but sometimes not.

    In my experience, how ‘useful’ a degree is, when it comes to getting jobs, really depends a lot on the type of job and also the culture of the company, its bosses and the background of the people doing the hiring.

    I chose not to go to Uni, mainly because I really hated student life and my experience of Sixth Form was awful. (Thankfully my Mum advised that I could always go back to education later in life, if I wanted to, at any time, which took a lot of pressure off me so it didn’t feel so much like a ‘make or break’ decision at such a young age.)

    I’ve had various jobs and experienced switching careers as I still don’t really know what I want to do, even after many years. Working in largely graduate-based industries I was paid significantly less than my graduate counterparts. Even after many years experience in the job (with great appraisals) I’d see new starters come in on more money than me from day one, even with zero work experience, fresh out of uni with a degree which had absolutely nothing to do with the field we were working in. There was a lot of prejudice and the companies didn’t even try and hide the fact that, generally speaking, Graduates were more highly thought of than us School-leavers and it didn’t matter how well the non-Graduates performed, they would never be judged purely on merit in the job or paid the same as their more academically qualified colleagues. That sucked big time!

    The only time I haven’t seen evidence of this type of prejudice during my career was when I worked in a Sales-driven company run by Entrepeneur school-leavers, where graduates were very much in the minority. Not having a degree didn’t hold me back at all….but if I’d had one, I still would’ve felt that it was 100% worth having, especially as you never know what’s around the corner and when you may want/need to fall back on it. I think the fact that the bosses weren’t Uni educated themselves and the company culture was so results-driven meant that degrees weren’t viewed as necessary to achieve big, although for those who had them, they still may have given them the edge when applying for the job in the first place – you just don’t know. (But I do know that if I was looking to hire someone and there was nothing between 2 job applicants except one had a degree and the other didn’t, I’m pretty sure I’d choose the graduate.)

    Anyway, so yes, there’s huge pressure but only those who want to go to Uni should go….Yes, there are alternative options – Uni isn’t for everyone and isn’t the be all and end all….Yes, it’s hard to decide on a career path at that age….Yes, school leavers can still be hugely successful in their professional lives….BUT…I think that if you want to go to Uni and are able to, then GO! Even if the career path you *think* you will take doesn’t necessarily require a degree to get into it, it’s still worth going, both on a personal and professional level. If you don’t know which career path you want to take, then go with a subject which interests you (and which you’re good at, obviously). Your course choice doesn’t have to define or rigidly map out the rest of your life. At worst, it’ll be an achievement which will sit proudly on your CV for the rest of your life, regardless of which choices you make….and you never know, you may just have an absolute blast in the process!

    As I said, there is more than one route to happiness and success though and everyone should choose their own way but I can still remember how daunting and overwhelming it all was, the whole process of choosing subject options and whether or not to do Sixth Form and Uni etc. Our Careers Advice at School was worse than useless and the pressure was immense. Your post really took me back to a horrible time!

    I don’t really regret my decision to not do the whole Uni thing (much to my Teachers’ disgust!) although I do think a degree would’ve helped me get an equal footing in certain jobs and sometimes I do wonder how different my life would be now if I had a degree to my name but, to be honest, thinking back I feel glad that, at a time when I felt like the least confident person in the world, I actually had the confidence to do what I felt was right for me at the time – that’s not something I can really write on my CV but it does make me feel proud nonetheless 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      9 September, 2014 / 2:22 pm

      Do you know what, I think you’ve pinpointed a very important factor there. I have almost exclusively worked in sales based jobs where performance FAR outweighs education. You cannot be taught to sell if you don’t have it in you. It’s not really for me and I managed to get out in to something totally different by chance but had I not and had I been out there desperately trying to get out of an industry I hated only to be faced with a degree as my stumbling block I may feel very diffrently.

      I also absolutely agree that your fate and whether education matters is in the hands of the hirer. I sit so close to the management where I am now that I literally hear every word they say whether I like it or not and I know they couldn’t give two hoots about a degree. Experience in the industry would trump one any day of the week but that’s not the case everywhere.

      Perhaps to suggest a degree is worthless unless it’s being used is a touch judgmental lol but my cousin studied to be a history teacher and then went on to be area manager of WH Smiths.. that kills me! He decided that wasn’t what he wanted to do anymore and all I could think was what a waste of time and money. That story definitely clouds my judgement about similar situations. I would have hated for that to happen to me.

      Ultimately if you find a career you’re passionate about later in life there’s always night school/part time course available to take when you KNOW they’re worth taking and spending your time on. I have NOTHING against people who do go to uni, my post was desgned purely to give hope to those who can’t go or decided not to but may be feeling pressure from others/like they wont have the same opportunities. It’s not true.. if it’s meant to be and all that 😉 x

  10. carys emily
    9 September, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I’m starting my second year of Uni in a few weeks time and even though I love it and the course that i’m doing I still feel like I rushed the decision a bit and that the decision wasn’t entirely my own ! The 6th form I was in put a huge amount of pressure on you about going to university and if you told them you were going to take a gap year they wouldn’t accept it and would try and convince you otherwise instead of letting you make the decision.

    Distant Dreamer

  11. 9 September, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Always interesting to read another perspective! University was definitely for me (I’m starting year 9… yikes! But I’m also in the midst of my PhD and don’t regret it at all) but not for my partner, although he did go to college and now has a profitable trade that he loves and is a perfect fit for him! So I definitely don’t look down on people who choose paths beside university, and I think college (much less expensive here, only 1 to 2 years) is a great option especially for more hands-on careers like trades.

  12. Blee
    9 September, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    I went to University twice. And failed……twice!!
    Shock horror 😛
    It’s definitely not the be all and end all of life!! I was more academic than some but I was really only in college because other people wanted me there so I just didn’t care!! Since I’ve left I’ve just been happier.. No, I’m not making the millions and billion as other people are, but at least I love my job. No matter how broke I am 😛 The amount of my friends who absolutely hate what they do is insane but they feel like they’re stuck now because it’s what their degree is in!! Like I would like to go back to do something at some point but I want to be 100% sure that it’s a course that I really want to do and because it’s me that actually wants to do it 🙂

  13. MissAyelet
    9 September, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    I am 28 and made the decision to study geology at university 3 years ago and I feel my age has helped me in making the right decision for the path I want to take. I was never happy at school and very happy I made the decision to travel and hold off my education.

    Like you I went down the OU route but it never suited me.

    The great thing about the UK is that if you want to study at a later date age doesn’t stop you 🙂

  14. 9 September, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    I didn’t go to uni and in fact my education pretty much finished at the age of 17. I don’t have any regrets about not going and although I had to start in low paid jobs, I’ve always been earning since that age and able to support myself. I’ve since done adult education courses in areas that I’ve felt I wanted to learn more. Overall, I’m really happy with where I’ve ended up and I’ve enjoyed the flexibility of not feeling squeezed into a particular box because of a course I took. I think I’ve had to go the long way round in a lot of cases, though, that I probably wouldn’t have had to if I had a degree, but for anything I’ve really wanted, I’ve managed to get there.

    So, whether you can’t for whatever reason, or you simply don’t want to, while you may have to go a longer route, I believe that you can still establish many varying careers without a degree.

  15. Ashlea Tamo
    9 September, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    At 19 I didn’t go to uni I chose to do holiday repping instead! Best years of my life so far. You learn so much and the life experience you gain is invaluable. It led me to the job I’m doing today at home and I don’t think it’s a job I would have gotten without the experience and skills I gained from working overseas
    I’d recommend it to anyone who is unsure of what they want to do at that age. It’s similar on going to uni in that you experience living away from home, meeting new people and a lot of drinking is often involved, but you get paid and get to “live the dream” as they say. Great post Khila x

  16. 9 September, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Well if I had my time over again I’m not sure I would have gone. I had a year out first and started uni at 19. I don’t regret it as such because I met some great people (including my boyfriend who is now my husband, who I met at work when I was doing a Summer job). However, I spent 3 years doing my degree then another year out, then a PGCE. At the start of my PGCE there was demand for teachers-and more specifically, my subject. By the end, most of the jobs had disappeared and most of the ones left were down South, resulting in me struggling to find something and doing supply teaching through an agency. We can’t even move to a different part of the country really because then we’d be in the same boat but with me working and my husband having to find something. I don’t get any holiday or sick pay either so it’s a good job he works full time or we’d be sunk! I would definitely say to people, really think about it. It’s a risk-there might be jobs in a certain field now but it doesn’t mean that will be the case when you’re done. I earn less now than I did in office jobs previous to my degree-in other words at the moment, I’m not seeing the benefit at all! I’m not saying don’t go, just consider what your other options might be. Emma x
    http://themusingsofem.blogspot.co.uk/

  17. Charlotte
    9 September, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    I completely agree with you here. It always bothers me when people say “It’s about the experience” – well fine, but it is a very expensive “experience” and I know the laws currently surrounding paying off student debt are very murky. A lot of people choose not to pay back the debt because they know it will be wiped off years down the line. Then it is left to those of us who work to pay it off through our tax payments. It also frustrates me how many seemingly pointless degrees there are out there (American Studies being one). And to those who say “A degree will always enhance a CV” should probably be worried about being over qualified for many “real life” jobs.

    I did my A Levels at the height of Labour power and got good grades. I was very much pressured to go to Uni, but as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do (English Lit was my strongest subject, but what would I do with a degree in that?!) I chose to work. What many of my friends who went to Uni discovered when they left was that the market was swamped with graduates, and degrees were no longer a prestigious thing, that ever ody and their dog had one.

    I’ve never regretted my decision. Through hard work (and some good luck) I now work as a buyer and get to travel the world for my work. My friends with degrees are working in minumum wage clerical roles.

    I’m not saying my situation applies to all and obviously degrees can be right for a lot of people, but don’t throw away thousands for an “experience” alone – there are plenty of experiences to be had both working and spending your hard earned cash how YOU choose!

  18. JustMyPrettyThings
    9 September, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    I didn’t go to uni, I went straight from high school into a job, most of my friends went to uni. I got pregnant at 17 and was a single mum for a while. I’m now a manager of an office of 12 people, I’m the youngest person in the office and the majority of my staff went to uni and have a degree. I honestly believe the reason that I got the promotion was due to my life experience (It certainly wasn’t anything to do with my school grades, they were pretty crap). I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am now and am very proud of what I have achieved. I don’t regret not going to uni at all.

  19. Emma
    9 September, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    For balance I do believe that a good degree is helpful in a majority of career paths regardless of what field the degree is in. I do not work in science however I treasure my scientific training, my like minded friends that I can have esoteric conversations with and my connection to an 800 year old institution.

    My brother left uni in his second year after deciding the course was not for him. Due to incredible luck, a little nepotism and hard work he is now in a position to take on a mortgage at age 22.

    I wouldn’t trade places with him for the world. University is still three years worth of life experience and although not for everyone the true purpose of going to university is to continue your study in something that you love. If you go because you want a piece of paper that will help you get a job then university has been missold to you.

  20. Jodie
    9 September, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Going to uni was the right choice for me when I was 17 but by the end it had pretty much destroyed my enthusiasm. I don’t recommend it unless you need the degree for what you want to do. If you just need some qualifications to make yourself more employable, go to a college instead. The smaller class sizes make for a much more enjoyable learning experience. I learned some valuable skills at uni and hopefully my degree will help me get a job, but tbh unless you come out the other side with a first or 2:1 the competition for any job you want will probably be too much.

  21. 10 September, 2014 / 11:40 am

    You do make some valid points here. I’m going in to the last year of my degree and in all honesty, I hate it. I did a foundation degree in a college for the first two years and then transferred to the proper university last year. I lived there last year too and I was homesick all the time. It was hard getting to know anybody because they all had their own friendship groups already.

    To be fair, when I first started my degree, I had high hopes, I wanted to be a solicitor but it’s a competitive area and honestly, I’m sick. I want to get a decent job and pay my way in life already.

    This comment sounds really negative….I rushed into going to Uni, I haven’t enjoyed the so-called Uni lifestyle, however, having a degree will probably help with getting me a job in a law firm, though not a top paid one, a job nonetheless.

    I do agree that 18 is far too young to commit yourself to one job path, who really knows what they want to do with their life at that age? I think you don’t know whether you want to do something until you actually do it as a job.

  22. 10 September, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Thank you for writing this post! I am currently in school and going for something that I decided on when I was only 17!!! Since starting my blog and youtube channel I feel so much more full of happiness and appreciate all of the creativity that I get to release through my blog and channel!

  23. Sue H
    4 October, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    There is so much more to a degree than a piece of paper- how patronising!
    I am glad for you, that you have done so well without it. Knowing my daughter and her 4 year degree however I know that those 4 years were incredibly valuable to her-in so many ways.
    Of course you have had a different life experience- you chose to have a child whilst very young, and by the way, for many people that does NOT mean no further education and I hate that you would imply that, as if having a baby young is the end to academia ! For your information, many young people carry on with their dreams of a degree because of and inspite of young parenthood!

    My oldest son has chosen to forgo Uni and I know it is a huge mistake for him ( although it is his life and I fully support him whatever his decision).

    Education is NEVER wasted! Whether you use what you studied in your degree directly in your job or not, indirectly there is a level of education that you achieve in a degree that will add something to everything you do for the rest of your life.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is like you and will take opportunities to develop themselves once they have left the academic bubble- many just think that learning is over once they do and fail to reach their potential. For those, going to Uni is often the very best thing because they develop themselves much further whilst they are still in that ‘mind-frame’.

    You say you had no ambition, but you clearly did because you have wisely taken every opportunity offers to push yourself in your career!

    As much as I enjoy your blogs,videos and vlogs, I CAN tell that you didn’t get a degree. When compared to someone like Fleurdeforce , for instance, your writing and verbalisation are just not at that level.

    Sorry to be harsh but you pretty much invited it from your stance on this matter!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      4 October, 2014 / 2:54 pm

      You just compared me to someone else and told me ‘you’re not as smart as her because you didn’t go to university’ – I’m sorry if education left you devoid of all kindness and tact but my post (misguided as it may have been given how many graduates may read it) was written to inspire hope in those who feel (for whatever reason) that further education isn’t for them, not to irritate those who pursued it. I strongly believe that you don’t NEED a degree to succeed, I work alongside graduates doing the same job, to the same standard and at the same rate of pay. That being said I do appreciate that for many the university experience is valuable and I don’t mean to belittle anyone who did achieve that level of academia.

      I can see why more educated people have been angered by the post of this simpleton trying to show those who may not be able to attend or perhaps just chose not to (in the case of your son) that it’s the not the end of the world. I was writing to a very specific audience and stupidly (but then, what can you expect?) didn’t anticipate those in favour of university to read it/care. It’s a little like a pro life activist reading an article (but of course an article written by educated folk) about a woman’s right to choose and being enraged. Two very different points of view who would choose their audience carefully when ‘preaching’ their message. I’m not saying I’m right but I don’t think you are either.. I think it’s down to the individual and if it’s not right for them, it’s not right and it’s nobody’s business but theirs however huge a mistake you think it may be.

      Honestly your comment really did make me cross. I want to believe you were defending your daughters choices and the choice you obviously promoted to her and that’s why you came across as you did but only you know. I hope your son never meets anyone who tries to make him feel like a lesser person for not having attended university and I hope he succeeds in life in spite of his poor level of verbalisation. If only he were more like FleurDeForce who used to her geography degree to become a beauty blogger.

      • Luce
        5 October, 2014 / 1:39 pm

        And this response is why I love Khila!

    • 4 October, 2014 / 3:38 pm

      There are so many people who just don’t have the chance at the education that your children have had the opportunity to take. It costs so much money to go to uni now that it’s not achievable for many, even with a student loan. I meet 30 year olds still trying to pay off their student loans and it’s a millstone around their necks for years to come.

      I think Mikhila’s post is encouraging to those for whom uni is not an option. I didn’t go to uni – I wasn’t even given the chance to go. Sometimes life gets in the way of education for a number of reasons and that’s what happened to me. However, I have never, ever been out of employment since I was 17. I too have done a post, a while ago, on how not having a degree is not a bar to writing or becoming a journalist/writer. You probably don’t know that many publications look for people without degrees purely because they don’t want the cookie cutter journo graduates – they want more variety in their bank of writers. Audiences differ hugely in what they want to read, and there has to be a supply for that.

      So, to compare Mikhila to Fleur is ridiculous. You’re not taking into account different requirements from the readership. You find that Fleur or other bloggers resonante more for you, others find that Mikhila resonates more. It’s all about choice. It’s quite surprising that your ‘educated’ stance didn’t take into account the wide range of demographics and tastes of blog readers and applaud the fact that there is such variety for people to choose from.

      Education and academia are two entirely different things. I think it’s all too easy to take a superior stance about education but it soon becomes apparant in the broader sense of the word, who is educated and who is not.

  24. Alix
    8 October, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    My boyfriend couldn’t disagree with you more. He was told not to go to uni by his parents and went on to do a paid apprenticeship at 17 which led directly to a job as a telecommunications engineer. Now nearly ten years later he wishes he had stayed at school and gone to uni. Don’t get me wrong his job is great, he’s very successful but he never gets to use his amazing creative talent. He helps the marketing team for free with graphic design, he makes apps for the company in his spare time and heads up the innovation group also for free in a desperate attempt to get into the marketing job he so desires but can’t apply for as he has no degree.

    I on the other hand went to uni, did bugger all work there, got a job in my chosen profession (architecture) whilst I was there and have been working ever since. I can 100% guarantee I earn more than my peers who didn’t go to uni, i fact because I started working before graduating and have worked my absolute backside off since uni I can 99.9% guarantee that I earn more than anyone I studied with. I LOVE my job. I work obscene hours and travel a lot but I wouldn’t be able to do it without that bit of paper.. my student loan was minimal (fees were £1100 a year when I went) and I’ve been able to do so much more than I ever thought I would because of my degree. I didn’t want to go to uni when I was 18 and I didn’t really enjoy it.. but it was so so worth it – please don’t tell people that if they feel like they don’t want to then just don’t, I did and even though it made me cry many times and hate it all the time it was so SO worth it!

    Xx

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