Not going to university? Here’s what you can do instead
Did you just finish matric, but are unable or unwilling to study at a university? Most of us have been taught that we should be going to university after we complete our schooling, but you shouldn’t believe that this is the only education option out there for you. Check out these worthy alternatives:
1. Distance learning courses
Distance learning courses are a perfect option if you have family commitments, don’t want to travel to class every day, or prefer the idea of studying wherever you like. This study medium has expanded rapidly over the past few years, to include short courses and national qualifications across virtually every industry. These courses could be highly useful for getting your foot in the door of your preferred career. Make sure you find a college that is reputable and that offers accredited courses.
2. Volunteering and job shadowing
It may seem counterproductive to offer your time for free, but volunteering or job shadowing at a company in the industry you want to work in can be an extremely valuable exercise. It will teach you some of the ins and outs of the job, connect you with people working in your field, and give you the chance to impress potential employers. If you aren’t quite sure what you want to study straight after matric, then taking a gap year and volunteering at several different jobs may help you make up your mind.
3. Following your passions
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to turn one of your hobbies into a career? Often, you won’t need a degree to enter into a career that involves your passions. You probably won’t need to look very hard for motivation either, as you’ll be looking forward to being in a career that you will enjoy every day. Another benefit of following your passions is that you can seek out specific short courses or other relevant qualifications, thereby avoiding the risk of committing to a three- or four-year degree that may not be right for you.
4. Technical and vocational education
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges can be a great option for people who prefer practical studies over the academic focus of university courses. If you like to work with your hands, or if your chosen career doesn’t necessarily require a degree, then then this study path could well be for you.
5. Taking a gap year
A gap year can broaden your horizons through travel, give you time to properly think through what you want to study, or help you to build work experience. Going overseas may sound expensive, but taking a working gap year is a good way to fund your travels and living expenses. As mentioned previously, gap years can also offer opportunities for work shadowing and volunteering, while allowing you to pursue training opportunities that may be relevant to your future career. Various companies offer gap year experiences. Check out Gap Year South Africa.
In a world where employers are focusing less on qualifications than on practical experience and soft skills, you don’t necessarily need a university degree to be successful.
If you’re looking for alternatives to a university degree, remember that with Edgars Club, you can save R1 000 on an Oxbridge Academy course of your choice. All you need to do is call 021 1100 200, and quote the following voucher code: EDG2017. For more info click here.
At Edgars Club, we fully support the DHET in protecting our members from bogus colleges. So once you’ve confirmed that a college is registered, you can focus on choosing the course that will help you get to where you want to be. Here’s to your success!