Why go to University?
Mature students have many reasons to study at university:
Changing and developing a new career
Higher education qualifications can be the route to a more fulfilling and rewarding career. Studying at degree level demonstrates your ability to think and work independently and enables you to develop important transferable skills such as numeracy, communication, research, analytic and critical thinking skills.
Gaining a degree can make a considerable difference to your career prospects, increasing your potential of gaining a ‘graduate’ job, or promotion and a larger salary. Over the course of your working life, you can expect to earn on average, over £100,000 more as a graduate than a similar person with level 3 (e.g. A-level) qualifications. For some careers, such as nursing, pharmacy, engineering and law, a university qualification is the starting point.
Perhaps your reasons for studying are personal rather than professional. You may have reached a stage in your life when you can finally study a subject that you truly enjoy. Perhaps it’s a new passion or you might have always had an interest in your chosen subject – either way studying at university can help satisfy that ambition. University can broaden horizons. Studying for a higher education qualification can be an enriching experience and provide you with an opportunity to encounter new ideas and people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Gaining a degree can make a huge difference to your confidence,
Dave Creaghan is 41, originally from Sheffield. Having left school with no qualifications, he completed an ‘open door’ course before an Access course at a local college. Dave came to Cardiff to study Sociology and Social Policy.