Uni dilemma – Do you opt for an academic subject or go for one that will get you a job?

Going to university is quite rightly an ambition for many pupils. From September, the universities invite applications for their courses starting in autumn 2018.

But for many would-be students, the pressure is on. Tuition fees loom large as a major problem for youngsters who are often saddled with tens of thousands of pounds of debt at the end of their studies.

But choosing a subject to study is a bit of a minefield if you are lucky enough to get the grades.

Ancient horse carving

Do you go for a subject you love, or one which will secure you that all-important job?

Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research reveals that there are more graduates in the UK than there are highly skilled jobs for them.

So are you taking a chance by opting for academic study over a vocational option or an apprenticeship?

Here is the Nottingham Post guide to the things to think about.

5 reasons why you should choose an academic subject

1 Dying to study classic mythology or parapsychology? Unless you win the National Lottery, this is the one chance in life you may get to study a subject you love

2 An absorbing area of study will expand your knowledge and give you a more rounded education

3 It will help you to question ideas

4 You come out of the end of it rewarded – and with skills for life

5 Academics are the ‘go-to’ experts for their subjects. Where else do you go to get in-depth knowledge on any subject?

An apprentice chef being trained in the kitchen

5 reasons why you should choose a vocational subject

1 You learn a practical skill and can get a qualification relevant to the working world

2 You get to experience university life

3 It readies you for the world of work

4 You could earn while you learn by opting for an apprenticeship scheme

5 At the end of your studies you are ahead of other people who have going down the academic route

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