Lifestyle

Not Going to University

February 25, 2017
For those of you who didn’t know, I’m only 18, and I also work full time – which means that I skipped university (College to you American folk). So today I thought I’d talk to you about some of the things that I’ve had to come to terms with by not going to university and heading straight on into full time work. Of course not going to university isn’t always an option, it all depends on what your goal job is, but at this point I don’t believe that anyone wanting to get into a creative industry strictly requires a degree.

 

  1. It’s hard to find a job – This wasn’t a huge surprise to me, I assumed it was going to be difficult to get a job in the field that I wanted one (Design and Marketing), however the perks to this side of work is that agencies are generally pretty accepting of young people working with them – you just need to know what you’re doing. Don’t get me wrong however, the age bias is a very very real thing that you 100% will experience – you just have to plough through until you get a good group of people!
  2. You’ll feel like you’re missing out, but you’re probably not – You’ll see all of your friends online going out to clubs and messing around having a crazy drunken university experience and you’ll feel like your life is boring, but it isn’t all that great. In normal full time work you’re all done after 5:30 in the afternoon and on Friday that’s it! You have all of that time to do whatever you want – no homework for you anymore.
  3. You have to grow up fast – If you head into full time work then just don’t be expected to be treated like a kid. You’re working a proper job, and getting a proper salary (hopefully) and so you need to be getting all that work done and to a professional standard.
  4. You can always go back to uni – After all, if your job doesn’t work out or if you fancy getting your degree later on in life then you can 100% go back and do it, at that time you’ll (hopefully again) have the financial ability to do so as well!
  5. I HAVE NO DEBT – That’s right, I’ve gotten into a full time job doing what I love, in the centre of an amazing city and I have £0 debt, that makes me the happiest! I feel rich af.

 

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this little list of things I’ve picked out. There’s far more things I could pick up on as well but for the sake of this posts length I’ll keep it short. If you agree with any of these or have anymore that you’ve picked up along the way, then please do comment them below!

 

Billy

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  • i’m always amazed at people who can make it through despite not having a degree. i live in indonesia and something like this can’t happen – or even if it does, it’s extremely a rare case – and most companies here won’t want to employ someone unless they have graduated with a diploma at the very least. there ARE some people who did not pursue college, have no degree but are still employed, however, they mainly work in jobs like in junk food stations or something like that. it’s not possible to be employed in a design studio, for instance, if one does not have at least a diploma. that’s how it is in where i live.

    regardless, like i said, it’s amazing how you do it. i graduated from design school last year but i’m still having troubles finding a job (design companies / studios in this country have pretty distorted understanding about this industry: e.g. looking for a graphics designer but requires them to code back end). anyway, good to know how you handle this in real life 😀

  • are you in design/marketing atm and how did you get it?
    i’m currently in a 2 year portfolio course in that field to get more experience and connections.
    but how does things work out for you?

    • Hey! Yeah I am – I got very lucky and worked really hard through college on external projects. My advice is to try and find startups or young companies as they’ll be more comfortable hiring younger people!

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