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    I would like to pursue a career in electronic engineering or civil engineering at university, I only have 1 A-Level and its a grade c in design tech, I have worked in retail for 4 years and have not revised since school, I am very average in terms of brains but I can work hard.

    My question is weather or not I may be walking into a hurricane when I give up my job and car to pursue a degree or at least an HNC ?
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    I would like to pursue a career in electronic engineering or civil engineering at university, I only have 1 A-Level and its a grade c in design tech, I have worked in retail for 4 years and have not revised since school, I am very average in terms of brains but I can work hard.

    My question is weather or not I may be walking into a hurricane when I give up my job and car to pursue a degree or at least an HNC ?

    Retail is not a great job to have and the pay is lousy so you should take the chance and do your engineering degree but maybe you don't need to give up retail just reduce your hours to fit in with uni as most people still have to work part time in retail and other jobs while studying at uni or college. Just ask your employers if you can work certain hours to fit in with uni if you do go.

    I think you should follow your dreams and persue the career you really want in engineering or you might regret it. Try to get voluntary/ work experience in engineering companies while at uni so it will be easier to get that job if you have some experience and maybe even an engineering company you volunteer with will give you a paid job when uni finishes. Or if that does not work out go to an agency on the high street to find you engineering or other jobs
    Look up engineering companies on google and email them all for voluntary/ work experience or paid jobs or engineering apprenticeships so maybe you would not even need to go to uni if an engineering company funded you so they can pay for your degree if you train and work for them. You can find that out by contacting lots of engineering companies online because i think some of them do this but i'm not sure. I think i saw adverts for it years ago
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    Thanks for the advice, I have tried the apprenticeship route but because there is little evidence of my work the companies have picked other candidates over me which is fair enough, I think the idea of getting work experience is great and I will be able to get a part time job anywhere in the country to make a little extra cash whilst studying, but I think your right even if I am to work in retail for the next 50 years at least I can rest my coffee cup on a laminated degree.

    my next worry is that the studying may be too much of a shock to the system and I might fold under the pressure.
 
 
 
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