Need some advice: defer final year,drop out or get it out the way?

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asim1999
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Hi all, would like some advice as i am in a bit of a pickle at the moment
Don't know where to start really.
So a bit of background:I am studying a BSc in Computer Science. i was furloughed in March from my placement year (thankfully i got a 2:1 in my placement assessment) and instead of wasting the next six months, i decided from April onward to really put my head down and learn new skills.
Thankfully it is starting to pay off, i have learned 70% of the content for my final year and have mastered mobile development to a point now where me and a close friend are planning on starting up a business.
We found a niche in the market and are deciding to run with it before anyone else.
I am a bit of a pickle in regards to final year as well, as my university have been really unresponsive to my emails. Here is where i am and my thoughts about everything as a whole:
1) i still haven't got a final year project sorted after over a MONTH of back and forth with the university, and outright being blanked by potential supervisors)
2) Still haven't got accommodation sorted. Despite me sending emails from February onward nagging uni accommodation to give me a renewed lease on my room (they had it down i was keeping it) i have received nothing, and i am supposed to be moving back to uni on the 11th of September.
3) I feel like i will miss out on the social aspect of my final year thanks to COVID, and in my mind i shouldn't be paying £9K if i am not gonna be able to have proper contact hours for the first term

I also outright feel now i have wasted my life at university. I have learned MORE in the past few months under lockdown than i ever did in my first 2 years of university, and nothing i have learned has taught me about running a business or mobile development which are my passions

However, i have strict Asian parents with an outdated view on the education system who are urging me to get the degree out the way.
I have saved up enough for fees and halls over my placement year but i feel i would be better investing it in the business venture than university and hence deferring my final year or dropping out completely.

What are your thoughts?
Any help would be appreciated
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public static bool ShouldCompleteFinalYear (bool asianParents)
{
if (asianParents)
return true;
//lots of other code here but it hardly matters what
...
return decision;
}

(Apologies for formatting: that’s what happens when you use TSR as your IDE.)
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Slightly more serious answer - but since I’m not in the field, don’t place too much credence in what I am going to say.

If you are going to be running your own business for the rest of your life (or at least many years into the future), then completing a degree hardly matters. However, if there’s ever a chance you might need to submit your CV to someone (either for a full time position or a contractor), not having a degree will hurt you. It might not hurt you in all cases but it in others it will be used to as a first pass to weed out the pile of resumes someone has to go through. Obviously the more experience you build up and the more real work you have to show for it, the less important the degree becomes.

If you have already covered 70% of the 3rd year course yourself, then you should also have relatively more time to start pursuing your own business on the side (especially if you can’t socialise due to COVID )

I certainly don’t think it would be a disaster to defer a year but it’ll almost certainly harder to actually start your final year after a deferral. It’ll be very tough to put on hold your own business if it’s going moderately well at that stage. You’ll have even more reasons to decide not to return.

On the side of deferring, it does sound like you know what you would do, and also have used your time off up until now we’ll. So your idea is not based on some vague pipe-dream.

On balance, I’d still go back and finish. If you are a good businessman and entrepreneur, you will still have opportunities then. But that’s me and I’m not you.

Good luck with your decision.
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(Original post by HedgePig)
Slightly more serious answer - but since I’m not in the field, don’t place too much credence in what I am going to say.

If you are going to be running your own business for the rest of your life (or at least many years into the future), then completing a degree hardly matters. However, if there’s ever a chance you might need to submit your CV to someone (either for a full time position or a contractor), not having a degree will hurt you. It might not hurt you in all cases but it in others it will be used to as a first pass to weed out the pile of resumes someone has to go through. Obviously the more experience you build up and the more real work you have to show for it, the less important the degree becomes.

If you have already covered 70% of the 3rd year course yourself, then you should also have relatively more time to start pursuing your own business on the side (especially if you can’t socialise due to COVID )

I certainly don’t think it would be a disaster to defer a year but it’ll almost certainly harder to actually start your final year after a deferral. It’ll be very tough to put on hold your own business if it’s going moderately well at that stage. You’ll have even more reasons to decide not to return.

On the side of deferring, it does sound like you know what you would do, and also have used your time off up until now we’ll. So your idea is not based on some vague pipe-dream.

On balance, I’d still go back and finish. If you are a good businessman and entrepreneur, you will still have opportunities then. But that’s me and I’m not you.

Good luck with your decision.
Thanks for the advice
Had a chat with my business partner and he said contact the dean about the lack of email replies.
He also said do continue with the final year, but spend the time I would have been in lectures on running the business
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Thanks for the advice
Had a chat with my business partner and he said contact the dean about the lack of email replies.
He also said do continue with the final year, but spend the time I would have been in lectures on running the business
It’s worth speaking to your university careers department about what support they offer for student and graduate startups too. Often there’s a range of support available to you if you ask.
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I wouldn't drop out at this point. You've already 'wasted' money on your first two years. You may not even pay your loan back in full so spending £9k on your final year (even if value for money isn't there) at least gets you a degree certifcate for the future. For if your business doesn't work out for example.
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