Is there life without university? Watch

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I mean could you be successful without going to uni? Is academia the be all and end all? What kind of other things are important in life (regarding employment)
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If your parents are Nigerian or from the Indian sub continent, there isnt.
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Of course you can, but jobs like that are usually very niche, and very hard to get into.
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Yes it is, but only in certain professions. You can still have a very good career without even stepping foot in a university.
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(Original post by Big Kabz)
I mean could you be successful without going to uni? Is academia the be all and end all? What kind of other things are important in life (regarding employment)
Do I care?
Do you care?
Money.
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i have been brainwashed into thinking there isn't!
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(Original post by Oladz)
If your parents are Nigerian or from the Indian sub continent, there isnt.
lol...so true, you would probably be disowned
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Create a business or come up with an idea. People that get high up into businesses without higher education are the ones I respect the most. Alan Sugar 'an all that.

Also there's not really much point in going to uni for careers in IT.
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Life is a mickey mouse degree.
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I'd say definitely. Life isn't about university at all; and even if we're only focusing on jobs/careers there are plenty that don't require degrees.
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Oh my good god. =|
Makes you realise how brainwashed people have become.

Neither of my parents went to university and have good jobs with very good wages, they just took different routes, and I'm pretty sure that they earn quite a lot more than my friends whose parents have degrees.

Fair enough the market is changing and it was different back then, but university is not, and will never be the be all and end all.
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(Original post by Oladz)
If your parents are Nigerian or from the Indian sub continent, there isnt.
Hey now, let's be honest.
The last Nigerian who emailed me had millions of dollars in his bank account.
And his English was so poor, he can't have been to uni.
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What a silly argument.

Life is as full an experience as you make it. University can be a part of it, but it isn't neccessarily a compulsory part of it.

Some of the most successfull people I know have never stepped foot in a university.
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I read this story about a kid genius who went to Oxford to study maths at 13 years old turned out to be a hooker later on.
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(Original post by Electric_Dreams)
Oh my good god. =|
Makes you realise how brainwashed people have become.

Neither of my parents went to university and have good jobs with very good wages, they just took different routes, and I'm pretty sure that they earn quite a lot more than my friends whose parents have degrees.

Fair enough the market is changing and it was different back then, but university is not, and will never be the be all and end all.
So true. Neither of my rents went to university, but they worked hard at their jobs (mum works for royal mail, and my dad's a technical engineer) they didn't need to go to uni to provide me and my brother with a comfortable life and send us both to university. I am going because i want to have the experience of living on my own and living my own lifestyle. It will help me become more independent and i can have a fun time and learn more about the subject i have a passion for, but i don't have any less respect for those who choose not to go to uni.
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(Original post by Big Kabz)
I read this story about a kid genius who went to Oxford to study maths at 13 years old turned out to be a hooker later on.
I'd tap that.
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(Original post by Big Kabz)
I mean could you be successful without going to uni? Is academia the be all and end all? What kind of other things are important in life (regarding employment)
Of course you could, It still involves a lot of hard work though.

No.

Depends what sector of work you want to get into.
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I don't have any less respect for those who choose not to go to uni.
:ditto:
To be honest I think that given general media/school/parental pressure and propaganda it is quite brave to not go to university, providing you have the chance.
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Create a business or come up with an idea. People that get high up into businesses without higher education are the ones I respect the most. Alan Sugar 'an all that.

Also there's not really much point in going to uni for careers in IT.

You don't need any kind of qualification to do well in business, in my opinion. The things that make you succeed are ambition, natural ability, and determination. It amuses me how many people go to uni to do business, when most successful businesspeople do not. I knew that even though I love business, I would never do a business degree. Because what can you learn? Legal stuff? Getting funding? etc. I don't think the creativity to do business can be taught. Sure, you can get someone to try, but they'll never master it.
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If you're good at something, and know what you want to do with your skills, I think you can be successful.

For example, my uncle never got past GCSEs and now has his own printer company, and is more (financially) successful than my dad and other uncle, who did go to reputable universities.
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