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Sunday, 18 March 2018

* 3 Alternatives To University In Later Life

If you didn’t go to university straight after finishing your A-levels, you might feel like you’re at a bit of a disadvantage in the job market. The number of people that have degrees has shot up in the last few decades so when you’re applying for a position, it’s likely that a lot of the competition will have been to university. That’s why a lot of people are considering going back into education in later life. The only problem with that is, it’s going to cost you a lot of money and when you’re a bit older and you’ve got more financial responsibilities to deal with, paying £9000 a year for 3 years, plus all of your living expenses, is going to be difficult. So, what do you do? You can carry on trying to find work as you are, there’s no reason why you won’t find a job. However, you’re limited without the education. But if you don’t want to go to university again, you could try some of these alternatives.

Apprenticeships

University degrees are losing their value as more and more people have them which is why the government are trying to encourage more people to go into apprenticeships. A lot of people find jobs straight out of school through apprenticeship programs but there’s no reason you can’t do it when you’re a little older. The major benefit of an apprenticeship is that you’ll be training on the job and getting paid while you get qualified so there’s nowhere near as much financial strain. You’ll also have more practical job experience that a lot of university graduates are missing out on and employers are often more concerned with experience than qualifications these days so you might find it easier to find work once you’re done.

Free Online Courses


When you go to university, you’re paying for the teaching, the resources and then the piece of paper that proves you’ve got a degree. The thing is, all of those resources are online for free; you can learn all of the same stuff that you would at university in your own time, while you’re working to pay your living expenses. The only problem is, you won’t have the actual qualification so some employers might be a bit wary about it. However, if you explain your position and show that you’ve got sufficient knowledge to do the job in your application and at interview, some employers will be happy with it.

Ask Your Employer For Training

If you’re already working but you aren’t happy with your current position, your employer could help you. Good employers are always looking for ways to invest in their employees and improve their skills so they’re more valuable to the company. If you tell them that you want to stretch yourself and go back into education, they might be willing to put you through extra training and cover the costs. Not all employers will do this but it’s worth asking.


Going back to university in later life is a good idea if you want to improve your job prospects and grow as a person but if you’re worried about the financial strain, there are other alternatives.


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