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Open Uni or no uni at all

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited March 27 in Work & Study
Hi I just wondered what everyones experience is regarding uni/work/careers. I don't like being at uni and want to quit and work, and study with the open uni from home. I don't know if it's a bad idea or not.

If you went/are at/or are going to uni, what do you hope to get out of it? If you didn't go, did you find it hard to get a decent job? I can't help feeling that degrees are overrated now that I am here at uni, the ability to attend lectures and write a few essays doesn't seem to be related to the world of work. Especially at the price of £1075 a year plus all the related costs. I don't know....
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi KT,

    I think it's obvious that you genuinely don't care for campus life, and I agree with you that the amount of work is not proportional to the cost of tuition.
    I'm in a similar situation myself. I'm in mthe third year of my B.Sc, and I wanted to stay on at Lancaster to do a PhD, but the course costs nearly £2K P/A, and Postgraduates aren't entitled to any support from the govm't. Instead, I've decided to get my BSc, get some work in a field I'm interested in, and do my doctorate through the OU. It will take longer than through Lancaster, but I think in fact I will enjoy it more.

    Go with your heart hon.

    CD <IMG alt="image" SRC="eek.gif" border="0">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by KrazedKT:
    <STRONG>If you went/are at/or are going to uni, what do you hope to get out of it? If you didn't go, did you find it hard to get a decent job? I can't help feeling that degrees are overrated now that I am here at uni, the ability to attend lectures and write a few essays doesn't seem to be related to the world of work. Especially at the price of £1075 a year plus all the related costs. I don't know....</STRONG>

    Going to university isn't just about getting a degree. It should be fun and give you some useful skills as well. At Uni I have gained skills which will be very useful when I get that job, including IT and giving presentations. I have made lots of freinds
    and had some good nights out. I have taken part in society activities, including backstage work on drama society plays, which involves teamwork (something employers are very keen on these days). When you employ me, you aren't just getting a graduate, you are getting a man with real, usable skills.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I get your point, but you don't need to be at uni to be able to do those things. The point of being at uni is really to get a degree. Transferable skills come from everything, whether that be working in a part time job or studying.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Im at uni and I went as much for the experience as for the career enhancing prospects.Several of my friends got jobs after there A-levels and are getting paid 10-13 grand. The MINIMUM salary for a degree-type job (not that your guaranteed one) in banking and finance is something like 17,000
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I am in my first year.The open uni said I can transfer my 1st year of study over so it won't be wasted. I don't know what career I want anyway, so maybe if I work part time I could find out plus get some experience? If I just graduate from here (Cardiff) I don't think I will have very good prospects anyway-an English graduate with no relevant work experience? Temp centre it is then! My sister did an English degree and is in a job that she could have got without a degree.

    All my flat mates have become best friends and don't seem to like me, they are into different things from me and I feel so lonely here..They have all arranged to live in a house next year together and keep going on about it. It's not just that though, I want to be with my b/f and not stuck here.

    Thanks for the advice :-)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by KrazedKT:
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    All my flat mates have become best friends and don't seem to like me, they are into different things from me and I feel so lonely here..They have all arranged to live in a house next year together and keep going on about it. It's not just that though, I want to be with my b/f and not stuck here.
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    Lonliness is always a horrible thing. When I was in my first year, I worked part time back in my home town, 30 miles from the Uni. This meant that I wasn't able to go out on Wednesday nights, and as I worked Friday and Saturday, I never ever spent a friday night with my friends. Luckily I made friends with A good group, but most of the time, I was away - everyone on our floor thought I had died! This also impacted on my Uni work, but I'm still here. I now live with my G/F of six years, and I must say that being away from her while I was at Uni was the hardest thing to do. Distance can put a lot of strain on a relationship.

    If you feel that you'd be happier going the OU route then do so! It might take a little longer to get the kind of money that you could get from a bog-standard degree, but you'll get there. Like I said earlier, go with your heart!

    PS. If you feel lonely, you know where to find us all <IMG alt="image" SRC="wink.gif" border="0">

    CD <IMG alt="image" SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
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