You don’t have to go to university if you check one of the below:
-I don’t know what to do with my life
-I am just passionate about a specific subject
-I want a job after I finish university
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE
If you don’t know “what you want to do when you will grow up”, a bachelor’s degree is not some kind of magic spell that will clear your mind. I often see a lot of colleagues that go through some kind of existential crisis because they signed to a program just because “they have to”. It is true there is some kind of an ancient instruction list in our collective subconsciousness that tells us to follow these steps:
1. high school
2. bachelor’s degree
3.maser’s degree — meanwhile have a job
4. work your ass off so you have a well-paid job
5. get married
This is just another recipe in life and is not suitable for everyone, for some may be but not for all. Just because it does not fit you it doesn’t signify you are a loser and doom to fail in life. If this doesn’t match your vision, have the courage and make your own way into the world. However, that is hard and it requires a lot of perseverance and sacrifices because those who exit the social patterns are seen as “dangerous” and the unbeaten track is full of obstacles.
Better than studying for 3 years (or 5) something that won’t help you or you are not interested in just don’t do it and, as far as I am concerned, you won’t regret that. Before choosing your degree I recommend you to try out different things, go to some courses (audition them ), see if you like the way information is delivered, take a part-time job and decide if that field fits you, talk with students about their experience etc.
I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT A SPECIFIC SUBJECT
If you are passionate about a specific subject in particular and that one only, then you don’t have to go to university to study that. There are a lot of online resources (YouTube videos, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, ebooks, vlogs etc) that you can employ to deepen your knowledge. At university, you do not study only one theme in particular but also other adjacent subjects. For example, I study marketing but I also took courses in management, accountancy, law, sociology etc.
My advice, if you are passionate about something and you don’t want to earn your living out of it, it is more like a hobby for you, than read a book, use Google or just take a short-course. You don’t need a degree for that
I WANT A JOB AFTER I FINISH UNIVERSITY
If you want a place to work you can find one right now, but don’t expect to be a CEO and be prepared to spend hours searching.
A degree doesn’t guarantee you a job but it can make it easier to find one. To some extent, the role of a Bachelor’s degree is to give you a set of basic information/knowledge that you can use in your future job. Although, for a job more are required than that, soft-skills and experience that you won’t acquire in the higher education system (or at least this applies only in Romania). For a professional practice, you need more than what you learn during the courses. At the end of those 3 or 5 years, that diploma will tell a future employer what you know not what you can do. My advice would be to do plenty of volunteering and participate in other activities like internships during your college years if you want to find a job as quick as possible after you finish your degree.
My little sister is in her last year of high school and she is starting to ask herself what Bachelor’s degree she should choose. Those are some pieces of advice I gave her out of my experience (I am not sure she understood what I told her but I hope she will read this). I also hope they will help you too.