Aged 20, Just finished my apprenticeship. Is going to uni the right choice? HELP!

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    Hi all,

    So I'm 20, just finished my engineering apprenticeship, landed a good job as a design engineer, I want to continue my studies ( I have a HNC) but I'm currently at a crossroads. My options are:

    1) Continue work, study part time, providing work can give me time and/or fund it, although that's not guaranteed. The perks are I'm still earning a good wage, potentially I can get my degree without any debts. At the age of 23/24 I could have a degree, no debts, 7 years industrial experience, i imagine I could get some killer jobs!! However, I feel like doing it this way is going to be so hard! no social life, overworked and possibly become miserable doing it. I'm 20 years old, I wanna get pissed, I wanna meet people my old age, experience the independence of moving away.

    2) I could study full time. Id get the debts, and I imagine student life can be hard at times studying, lack of money, etc.... but a lot of people I speak to, despite the downsides ,say how great the experience is. meeting people the same age as you, socialising, joining groups ,etc....

    Can anyone offer some insight, it 's a big decision and all advice is welcomed. Just put yourself in my shoes, I've worked full time since 16, with people a lot older than me. I do enjoy the job, although its depressing when all your mates are having a blast and your stuck in your 9-5 job. There's a chance work will progress me through uni part time, but quite possibly at the cost of some life experiences that I i may regret missing out on in later life. Sometimes you've got to take risks in life, why be content with your job when potentially something as life changing has going uni could be the best decision you've ever made. Memories for life??

    Thanks for reading, all advice welcomed
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    Well done on your apprenticeship and your new job.

    With scenario one you can still move away and enjoy your life. My boyfriend works full time and does part time study...and we still get to enjoy a social life etc. You are right though however, it could be hard work and you may feel really stressed at times.

    Scenario 2...well only you can know if you really will regret not going/going to uni. I loved uni and definitely think it helped me but my boyfriend (he's a good example as he is also an engineer haha) went for 2 years, dropped out and then regretted ever going.

    There are other "life experience" options for you if you decide to stay in employment - you could take a career break or a sabbatical to go travelling (something I would highly recommend)...or you could look into working abroad (particularly with your skillset)

    I hope that was at least a bit helpful

    (Original post by dannybongo123)
    Hi all,

    So I'm 20, just finished my engineering apprenticeship, landed a good job as a design engineer, I want to continue my studies ( I have a HNC) but I'm currently at a crossroads. My options are:

    1) Continue work, study part time, providing work can give me time and/or fund it, although that's not guaranteed. The perks are I'm still earning a good wage, potentially I can get my degree without any debts. At the age of 23/24 I could have a degree, no debts, 7 years industrial experience, i imagine I could get some killer jobs!! However, I feel like doing it this way is going to be so hard! no social life, overworked and possibly become miserable doing it. I'm 20 years old, I wanna get pissed, I wanna meet people my old age, experience the independence of moving away.

    2) I could study full time. Id get the debts, and I imagine student life can be hard at times studying, lack of money, etc.... but a lot of people I speak to, despite the downsides ,say how great the experience is. meeting people the same age as you, socialising, joining groups ,etc....

    Can anyone offer some insight, it 's a big decision and all advice is welcomed. Just put yourself in my shoes, I've worked full time since 16, with people a lot older than me. I do enjoy the job, although its depressing when all your mates are having a blast and your stuck in your 9-5 job. There's a chance work will progress me through uni part time, but quite possibly at the cost of some life experiences that I i may regret missing out on in later life. Sometimes you've got to take risks in life, why be content with your job when potentially something as life changing has going uni could be the best decision you've ever made. Memories for life??

    Thanks for reading, all advice welcomed
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    Option 1 sounds much better to me, if your work will accommodate. But maybe that's just an old person talking...
 
 
 
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