A question asked by potential university students across the country is an age old one: Is going to university really worth the money and time? As a student studying Journalism and English at Coventry University I’m inclined to say no, it’s not worth it. And I’ll tell you why.
Students attending university are finding that increased fees equal increased debt. Now no one likes being in debt, so for current students looking at going to university you really have to consider whether going that far into the red is really worth it?
University fees have shot up, and students can expect to pay anything up to £9000 per year to have the pleasure of not actually being in uni for any meaningful length of time per week.
Some people may argue that going to university and getting a good education is a certain subject is better that going out and getting experience. Fair enough, learning the theory behind something is all well and good, but is buffing up on the theory really a substitute for going out and physically doing something?
Let’s imagine this scenario: There are two people. One person attends university for 3 years, learns what they need to learn and leaves university in debt but walks into a middle-management kind of job.
The second person goes straight into work and over 3 years works their way up the ladder gaining experience. After that 3 years they obtain the same middle-management job as the person who went to university, however because this person has been working and earning he is NOT in debt and still at the same level as the university student.
They end up at exactly the same place but person number 2 has more money, more experience and more contacts. It’s madness!
Then for courses like mine you have to spend 3 years at university to get your degree, and when you finish (and are thousands of pounds in debt) you still need the experience to get a job. So then in order to gain the aforementioned experience you are expected to do something that no right minded person should ever have to do: work for free.
Personally I think that unless you are studying to become a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist that people would be better off going and actually getting experience in the job they want to do. On any given CV qualifications seem to be quickly glanced over by prospective employers while on their way to the ‘previous experience’ section.
In my own personal experience going to university has not been worth it. I mean aside from making plenty of good friends the whole experience has been a little bit of a waste of time. Education is overrated. I’ve found myself being taught things that I already knew, things I could have taught myself given 10 minutes on Google, or things that I’m never ever going to use again in my entire life. All for a bit of paper that says ‘well done, you kept coughing up the cash, here’s a degree. Thank you and goodnight Vienna’.
What a waste of money.
And again, just to reiterate, education is overrated.
On the other hand experience is not overrated.
If you’re a prospective student wondering whether university is for you or not, then have a good think about whether you’d be better off just finding a job, getting your foot in the door and working your way up. Plus if you can Google search what’s on your course curriculum and it pull up a million relevant websites then you should probably just get a job, save your money and just buy a decent laptop.