On the Internet, you can find hundreds or even thousands of tutorials about choosing where to study, whose authors try to convince that absolutely ALL should go to university without any exceptions. In a fact, higher education does allow us to acquire thorough knowledge and specific, practical skills, but is it really the right choice for everyone? Who should not go to university, then? What are the other paths of professional development? We have decided to check it ...

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Nowadays, the diploma of higher education is not a guarantee of finding a well-paid job. It often happens that people practising physical work (e.g. builders) receive wages, which many graduates can only dream about. What's the moral? It's not worth going to college just because there is such a fashion or your high school friends encourage you to do so. Unfortunately, such a choice in 99% of cases will prove to be a complete mistake and will lead to the fact that you may waste at least a few years of your life. Does it make sense?

For many professions (not necessarily physical), you do not need a first or second degree diploma - just work enthusiasm, completed training or courses and soft competences that employers pay particular attention to. An additional motivator is also money, because in many industries there are simply no hands to work, so candidates can count on constantly increasing wages.

Remember: it is definitely better to be a good builder, forwarding agent or export specialist, than any other Master or Bachelor of Arts.

Do you want to go to university? Choose the major of study consciously! Do not follow the fashion, do not listen to your grandma / aunt/ cousin / mum / father, do not copy the choices of your classmates. It's your life, your choice and your future!

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And here, unfortunately, comes trouble, because graduating first, second or even third degree course does not guarantee a great salary. What's more, graduation does not even guarantee finding a job related to the profile of your education. Today, working in a learned profession is a certain relic of the past, which probably need to be slowly forgotten. The dynamically changing economy forces employers to search for candidates who are able to adapt to it and meet all the requirements in the context of soft competences.

For an employer, it is not of top importance what diploma you hold - it is your knowledge, competence, and the ability to use them in real business conditions. Whether you graduated in economics, management or English philology is of secondary importance. Employers will appreciate your commitment to gain work experience even while you are still studying. Useless, free internships? Summer job at a hotel somewhere in the UK? It does not sound like a dream come true, but it is a clear signal for employers that you are a hard-working person who wants to develop and sees different paths that you can follow in this aspect.

A sad truth is: do not set yourself on one career path, because you will close yourself to the possibility of development. The very idea that working in your dream job will actually meet all your needs may turn out to be misleading. After a few months it may turn out that this is a complete mistake and professional burnout at such a young age is nothing pleasant ...

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Who should consider the choice of part-time course? In the first place, working people who can not afford to regularly attend classes from Monday to Friday. Second of all, everyone who plans to combine gaining professional experience with studying. Heaven knows, that employers value the availability of potential employees and full-time students have very limited options in terms of vacancies in the timetable.

There is another argument in favor of choosing extramural course: a small problem with admission. Secondary school schools graduates most often choose free full-time courses, whereas part-time courses enjoy much less interest. Then, you can safely submit your application and be 100% sure that you will be admnitted to your dream major. However, it is necessary to choose the largest and the most renowned universities (both public and private) in this case, as only then you can make sure the certain major will start off (in the aspect of filling the admission limit).

To sum up: if you have an idea for your professional future, which requires graduation, or you just want to develop all the time, choose the field of study consciously. Why is the right choice so important? First of all, you will spend the next 3 or even 5 years at the university. Secondly, the knowledge and skills acquired should help you in your professional career. Thirdly: it's best to choose a major that suits your interests and passions. If you do not feel well in the IT world, why choose IT? The earnings alone will not make you enjoy your occupation. Remember: make thoughtful choices, as for many years they may affect your private and professional life.