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riseandshine
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Hi everyone

I am currently working full time as an e-learning advisor and am 19 years of age. The dream has always been to study English at university but I've got myself into a really good role that had loads of prospects! Unfortunately my heart is not in the job I am in and I really want to go to university but I am worried I am making a mistake. What should I do? Stay in the job? Or head off to uni?

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I'll try this thread in University life
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(Original post by riseandshine)
Hi everyone

I am currently working full time as an e-learning advisor and am 19 years of age. The dream has always been to study English at university but I've got myself into a really good role that had loads of prospects! Unfortunately my heart is not in the job I am in and I really want to go to university but I am worried I am making a mistake. What should I do? Stay in the job? Or head off to uni?

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The first thing to think about is why you want to go to uni? Do you enjoy studying and are you academic? Some people may study a subject for learnings sake because they are passionate about it but if you are going into uni expecting better job prospects then this is worth looking into carefully. In the current job climate a degree in an arts subject may not get you into a graduate job necessarily but it may open some doors - what kind of job are you looking to do after English? Have you researched what degree you need or else what English could lead to?

I know some people who have gone from a job to uni and not regretted it, and I know others who have.

The benefits of uni include: having better job prospects (possibly but not certainly), meeting new people and growing in different sorts of ways, enjoying studying a subject you are passionate about.

Cons: you will be debt and will have to pay this back if you earn over £21k. Not like a real loan, but more like an extra tax on your future salary. You will also be back at the bottom of an organisation and will need more years to go to the top (if you can progress in your career up the ladder).

There are also other options including studying from home (Open Uni) whilst working etc.

Good luck. Ultimately the decision lies with you
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go to uni you say that you don't like your job and you want to go to uni so go
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When you get to the end of your life will you be saying "I wish I'd gone to Uni" or "I'm glad I had a really tedious job that bored the pants off me" ??
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I was considering not going to uni too because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, I've already taken an extra year trying to figure it out but I still haven't decided, I could spend my whole life deciding! So I've applied for Biology, which is a subject I'm genuinely interested in and hopefully will find something I'd like to do as I learn more about it, maybe something in animal conservation.

The main thing that scares me is looking at the stats for graduate job prospects/undergraduate earnings! Seeing the figures for graduates from many subjects going into non-graduate jobs makes it seem like a waste of time, but I'm trying not to let it put me off. I am planning on carrying on my more creative side somehow too (graphic design/illustration, writing and dance) so I can keep my options open.

I didn't want to regret not going to uni when I was older, it's not just about the degree but the experience of it all! I am excited about it yet terrified of leaving school/home but you have to do it at some point. You said it's always been your dream- if you're passionate about the subject, then go for it! Especially if your job isn't in your heart. I think you would regret it a lot if you didn't go.
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