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    This sounds pretty stupid but can someone explain it to me?

    Google it.

    There's this notion in society that the only way to be successful is to have a degree, this has unfortunately led to a lot of people who have no interest or business being at universities pursuing degree they neither need, want or achieve well in. That's not to say however a degree is a bad thing. For many people it is a very good thing, it can open many doors and in some careers is essential to even get your application considered.

    Another unfortunate thing, degrees have become the new A-levels in a hiring sense. A lot of jobs that frankly do not require degrees/ never used to because they are unnecessary...now require degrees. No degree on your CV? Immediately chucked in the rejection pile. But then you have a lot of entry level jobs which won't hire you if you have a degree, because you're "overqualified"...so a bit of a catch 22.

    There are other options other than degrees. Apprenticeships and other vocational courses, internships and climbing the job ladder (if possible). So those are things to consider.

    All in all, whether a degree is good for you depends on a lot of things. There are pros and cons to all options. And whether you should go to university depends on what you want from a degree and for a career.

    For some careers it is. For some, a degree makes little difference other than a few years and £30k of debt. It really depends what you're doing. But before you go ahead, you have to ask yourself why you're going to uni. People sometimes say they're going "for the experience". That's not a good reason. You can get drunk and lose your virginity without paying £9k per year.
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