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Benefits of a degree

Thinking about university?

clearingimages_001 Deciding whether or not to go to university is one of the most important decisions of your life and will definitely shape your future career. There will be many things to consider such as which course is right for you, moving away from home, leaving old friends and making new ones, and what you hope to achieve in the future.

University life offers you personal development and allows you intellectual curiosity. And let's not forget it can also be fun!

What are the benefits of having a degree?

You may think that a degree will guarantee your dream job and you will be able to earn loads of money. For some people this is true, but it is usually not that simple. Many people who go to university have not decided on their future career, but studying for a degree gives you more time to make up your mind.

The application process is made easy by UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can search for universities and courses on its website - www.ucas.com - and it also provides plenty of advice to help you make your decisions.

Suggested benefits of having a degree

The Government gives a lowdown on the non-monetary benefits of a degree. Research suggests that:

  • graduates enjoy higher quality jobs than non-graduates
  • graduates enjoy better health outcomes, by being less likely to smoke, more likely to exercise, and less prone to depression
  • graduates’ children also benefit from the educational success of their parents: graduates tend to have a greater involvement with their child’s education
  • graduates are more influential in the community, by being active citizens who are more likely to vote and participate in voluntary activities
  • graduates show positive attitudes towards diversity and equal opportunities, such as on race and gender equality issues.
  • graduates, with their higher levels of skill, are a source of wider innovation and economic growth.