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    I started what I though was the right choice for me last year, within one week I realised I made a mistake and dropped out.

    I did an Access course to get in, and have this year and next that I could apply, after that would have to re do the access as it'll expire.

    The Access results I have are enough to get into a range of Forensic science courses, IT courses or Biology, all at my local Uni so I could stay living at home while I learn.

    My only issue is I do not know what I want to study or what I want to do after uni. But I have just had a year out and don't want another. I know that if I don't go I am gonna regret it next year, when I could be a year into my degree, not just starting it.

    I have a well payed entry level job (£8.65 per hour plus commission), which I would have to hive up.

    I don't want to get into debt and waste 3-4 years studying something I don't really want to do. But problem is I don't know what I want and the time is ticking on when I can actually go.

    I have had a mixed bag of advice from people, with some telling me to go as its good to have a degree even if just as a backup, and other people telling me not to go as I don't know what I want and could be 2 years into a IT course and realise I want to do lab work instead etc...

    What do I do? I know nobody can answer this for me, but I need some help, or advice, what do you guys think?

    If you want to study something that you think may lead to a better career, then yeah, go for it.

    You already have some work experience which is really good, a degree on its own isn't really worth as much as having done some work experience too. If you do decide to do a degree and give up your current job it's important you do a placement as well somewhere in the summer or even take a placement year. That way employers will see that you've got a degree and experience as well (hopefully relating to your degree).

    You only really get one shot at an undergraduate degree (unless you want to do a degree later from the NHS like nursing or becoming an Operating Department Practitioner, Radiologist, etc - these are great careers.), so think hard about what you want to do be doing.

    Do you really want to be in an admin job forever or do you want to try something else?

    In regards to the debt thing, if you're referring to your student loan you only pay back 9% of your income when you're earning over £21,000 (just think of it as an extra tax). If you never earn over £21,000 you never pay anything back, no one chases you or anything like that. If you lose your job you just let them know and they stop taking the 9%. After 30 years your debt is completely wiped away no matter how much you've paid towards your student loan. It's not like a normal loan, they're not expecting you pay to all back and it's pretty much designed to never be paid back fully anyway unless you inherit lots of money or something

    What course did you start last year and why did you drop it? If you started the course and Student Finance paid money to the university then you only have 3 years of funding left even if they only paid out a little bit of money (they give 4 years total).

    Think about it now, after three years you'll have gotten the decision of whether you should do a degree or not out of your system and you won't have to think about it anymore because it'll be done and you'll have moved on from university and gotten into a different career than the one you have now.

    I'll just say that you may well regret having taken no action than doing something. So think about it and look around yourself, do you want to be doing that job forever? I'm sure it's a nice job right now but do you think it's going to last? Because a degree will help you get higher pay down the road. You can still work part-time while doing your degree.

    Lots of people end up going back to university and studying part-time when they're older, if you have the chance of doing it now you might want to just do it. If you do, like I said before, do placements too.

    Anyway, good luck
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    I started a HND in Applied Biology, but within the first week or two I realised I don't want to spend my days staring down a microscope. They didn't pay anything out, I left very early into the year, I think was still in the change of mind period.

    The jobs I have now is in a phone shop, so could get that after if I decided the degree was a mistake. But no I don't want to spend the rest if my working life selling phones and topping up little old ladies phones for them...

    My main concern is I don't know what I want to study. I'm a little torn between two. Both vastly different.

    I would work alongside, but very fare to make plans for that now as I do not know what the timetable will be like. I worry that if I'm in 5 days a week, plus have course work, working alongside may be difficult.

    One of the courses I'm looking at has a mandatory 40 week placement year.

    I KNOW I'll regret not going. But I'll only get to go once, and don't want to study the wrong thing.
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