27 Jun Should You Go To University?
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In this video I will talk about the reason why I think you should and shouldn’t go to university.
I started a University degree with 0 coding experience. It was one of the biggest challenges of my life.
I went to a University in London where I completed a degree in computer science.
I was really unsure if going to university was the right choice. You look at stories online where people have very different opinions. They scare you by telling you it’s a waste of time and that it’s extremely hard. I’m going to tell you my opinion on if University is good or not.
What university did teach me though was that success doesn’t come easy. You have to work extremely hard to keep up with the workload while achieving high grades. My lecturers always told me that the learning comes afterwards, when you go over your notes and look online for answers. I really found that university is not a place where the lecturers teach you but instead they guide you on what you need to know. Most of the learning is done by you and your own research.
University teaches you time management in a big way, where you have to juggle your time to hand in your projects on time. It teaches you discipline and gives you a thick skin when it comes to rejection. The last year of my course was one of the most challenging years of my life. I was a bit behind on my grades and had to do really well in my final project to achieve this. I spent 6 months making a game where you control a lion that needs to feed on another animals to survive.
You are probably thinking that the skills you would learn at university can be acquired through a job and they can. Having 3 years of industry experience in a good company is just as valuable if not more, than getting a degree. However a lot of people within companies like to flaunt the fact they have a degree and it can sometimes make you feel inferior because they believe they are more intelligent than you. Always remember that industry experience is where the real power lies.
My advice is that if you don’t know what specific career you want to pursue but want to gain knowledge on a particular subject through the guidance of a university then go and do a degree. If the job you want requires you to have a qualification then it’s important that you do a degree.
If you know what you want to do and have the opportunity to start in a reputable company that will help you learn and grow, then start working instead. You will have a kickstart on graduates by the time they join in 3 years.
I know you can work and also go to university. I will be speaking about that in another video. I hope this advice helped and if you have any comments please leave them down below. Thanks for watching.