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Five reasons why you should still go to university

Ridiculous tuition fees, a floundering economy and the prospect of years of unpaid internships when you graduate. You’d be forgiven for thinking your parents, universities and the government were against you going to university. However, there are still plenty of reasons you should choose uni life.

However, university life is no myth. Most people generally regard their time at university as the best time of their life. Why? Because the purpose of university is not just to equip you with a degree that boosts your CV, but also to get you ready for life.

Below are just five of the many reasons why an undergraduate degree is worthwhile:
  1. It turns you from a child to an adult
A child? It sounds patronising I know, but as independent as you believe that you are, as long as you live with your parents and contribute very little or nothing at all to the household, you are very much dependent on them.
University is the first step to independence. For the first time in your lives, you have to fend for yourself. You have to budget for bills, cook your own meals, do your own laundry and everything else that was previously done for you. For the first time in your life, you will have full control of every decision about your life. Scary as it sounds, the support you get at university from your fellow students and staff makes the transition to independence easy and exciting.
  1. Networking
Ever heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” Well that saying is only half true. The graduate job market is about what you know and who you know. University equips you with both. With your degree, you are offered the knowledge and understanding that will help you enter a career. With university, you are surrounded by experts and students who could become useful contacts when looking for jobs after graduation.
  1. Better Job Quality
Yes, even in this economy, graduates still earn more than non-graduates. This is because graduates have a better understanding of their particular job sector and how to build a career from it – and employers are willing to pay for it.
  1. Transferable skills
Whatever the course, the fundamental requirements to successfully complete an undergraduate’s degree are time management, responsibility, critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate. As ba sic as they sound, people without degrees struggle to prove these skills to an employer; an undergraduate degree is not only proof of these skills, it also gives you expertise in certain.
  1. Higher Job Satisfaction
It’s not just the better earning potential, or more transferable skills, or the great contacts that contributes to job satisfaction, it’s also the fact that graduates are more likely to be in high-level positions using their university-acquired skills  and also have greater promotion prospects.

Some who don’t see the merit of an undergraduate degree may use entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs as examples of non-graduate success stories but the truth is, those guys are a small minority. A degree is still your best chance of getting the career you want – just make sure you choose the right degree at the right time for you.
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