Whether you’re coming straight from college or sixth form, a gap year, or you’re a mature student, University is an opportunity that allows you to study and grow as a person and your knowledge of your choice.
University is an experience which will toil and push you, both physically and emotionally. But it will also allow you to develop a range of life skills, as well as setting you up for the world of employment. University teaches you how to :
Whether you’re living in halls or commuting, having independence gives you confidence to try out new experiences. It allows you to have more control over your life and the choices you make.
Meet new people
From freshers, to weekly club nights, to student union events, to societies and even your degree course, University provides a range of opportunities that allows you to meet and talk to people, They will come from a variety of age groups, and of different ethnicity and cultural backgrounds.
Manage your time and meet deadlines
By working out a weekly schedule that allows to dedicate time to your studies and give yourself breaks where you can socialise and try out new experiences, will help you to meet your course deadlines and will show that you are reliable, which are skills that employers look for.
Public speaking and presentations
You are more than likely expected to complete, at least once, individual or group presentations. Although it can be nerve-wracking process, the more practise you have and by using a PowerPoint presentation and/or flashcards as a guidance of what you need to say, will help you to have more confidence in your performance.
Gain contacts for future employment
Your lecturers will have years of experience in your chosen degree course and will offer advice and recommend contacts. Many Universities have a career department, which promote full-time, part-time and work experience opportunities and provide workshops where you can develop your CVs.