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Busted: five university myths

16 JULY 2019 - KATIE - TIPS AND ADVICE

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There are a fair few myths out there when it comes to going to university, whether it’s the pressure of moving away from home for the ‘full experience’, the worries about life after graduation or concerns about student debt.

These topics can be off-putting and scary, but don’t let them hold you back. We’ve provided some insight into common university myths below.

Entry requirements are too high/set in stone

While entry requirements are often set in stone, there are alternative routes to studying a degree. If you do not meet the entry requirements stated on the website or prospectus, it can be worth having a chat with the University’s admissions team.

Work experience, industry experience, equivalent qualifications or an impressive portfolio may be considered for entry onto your chosen course, so it's worth an ask!

University is costly and it’s hard to pay off student debt

One of the main concerns about university is student debt. The reality is that you won’t start paying back your student loan until you earn over the threshold. This is when your total annual income is over £25,725 (as of July 2019). Your repayments will be based on what you earn, but most of the time they will be a small portion of your income. For example, if you earned £28,800 per year, you would pay back £23 per month. If you stop working or your salary drops below the threshold, your repayments will stop.

Take a look at the gov.uk site to find out more about student loans and repayment, and have a read of our Student Finance information for more information on loans, scholarships and bursaries.

Getting a degree isn’t worth it anymore

University can provide you with the skills, expertise and knowledge to pursue your dream career, but it’s also more than that. Whether it’s building confidence, gaining independence, making lifelong friends, personal development or chasing new opportunities, university has a lot to offer.

Opportunities can come in the form of professional placements with local partners/companies, working on live projects for regional clients, attending talks and networking with industry experts, studying abroad, gaining work experience or shadowing judges on our law courses, for example. University can provide you with opportunities that could open doors for your chosen career.

It’s difficult to get a job after university

We’re proud of our graduate employability; recent stats show that 95% of our graduates were in work or further study after six months of graduating, according to the DLHE Survey 2018.

There are many ways you can boost your CV while at university to give yourself the best chance at finding suitable employment; whether that’s a part-time job, volunteering, work experience, placements, building a portfolio or taking part in extracurricular activities.

You need to move away from home for the full university experience

You can get just as involved in student life when you are commuting from home as you can living on campus, whether that’s joining a sports team or society, going on nights out or to Students’ Union events, becoming a course rep or representing the University as a Student Ambassador.

Current student, Rose, has blogged about her experience of starting university while living at home. Take a look at Rose’s blog post for tips on how to get involved in student life, making friends and the different opportunities on offer while you are a student at the University of Suffolk.

 

Take a look at some more myth busting from current student, Sarah and from recent graduate, Sophie.

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