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5 Benefits of University Education

There are many advantages of going to university, in addition to the prestige of getting a degree. A university education gives you an edge in the job market and you go into the world feeling confident and independent.

We understand how stressful it can be to stay motivated when in education. Going to university and sticking through your degree has a number of benefits to your personal development and career opportunities.

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Benefit #1: Wider employment options

University gives you the chance for a career, not just a job. With a degree you will not only have an academic record of your hard work and learning, but a number of invaluable skills that gives you an advantage in the job market. It may take some time to get your first job but once you have your foot on the employment ladder there are many prospects available to you. Your employment path doesn't need to be rigid but with the things you have learnt you can be more flexible with your job options.

The biggest benefit to having a university degree is that it gives you broader career options. Some careers, including medicine, engineering and law require a university degree if you wish to pursue them.

Benefit #2: Make a positive impact on society

The educational and transferrable skills you pick up at university will lead you into making a more positive impact on society and the economy. Having a credited degree means that you are knowledgeable in a certain area or field, knowledge which can be put forward to benefit society. Whether you plan to study to become a doctor or a literature student, a mathematician or a historian, a degree with give you information that not everyone has. Contributing in this way keeps society working.

Benefit #3: Graduate salaries are worth it

It is not a lie that a graduate will earn more than someone that didn't enter into higher education. The entry level wage of a professional job exceeds that of a non-professional job. Depending on your degree and area of industry, certain degrees will pay more. However, the further your education the higher the wage is likely to be. Despite the impending tuition fees, graduates are not expected to start paying back their student loan until they are earning a certain amount. Sticking through university and coming out with your degree will be worth the money!

The exact starting salary you can expect from your degree depends on what you've studied:

  • Accounting – £22,828
  • Aerospace engineering – £27,820
  • Agriculture – £20,800
  • American Studies – £20,228
  • Anatomy, Pathology & Physiology – £23,036
  • Anthropology – £20,124
  • Archaeology – £19,448
  • Architecture – £20,956
  • Creative Arts & Design – £15,184
  • Aural & Oral Sciences – £24,076
  • Biological Sciences – £19,760
  • Building – £25,740
  • Business & Management Studies – £24,336
  • Celtic Studies – £21,788
  • Chemical Engineering – £31,824
  • Chemistry – £23,088
  • Civil Engineering – £27,716
  • Classics & Ancient History – £21,892
  • Media Studies – £18,928
  • Complementary Medicine – £25,792
  • Computer Science – £25,480
  • Creative Writing – £16,796
  • Dentistry – £34,840
  • Drama, Dance & Cinematics – £17,940
  • East & South Asian Studies – £17,472
  • Economics – £29,068
  • Education – £23,660
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering – £26,416
  • English – £19,708
  • Food Science – £22,100
  • Forensic Science – £19,500
  • French – £21,100
  • General Engineering – £29,068
  • Geography & Environmental Science – £23,348
  • Geology – £22,284
  • German – £23,348
  • History – £20,800
  • History of Art, Architecture & Design – £20,956
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism – £19,240
  • Iberian Languages – £21,060
  • Italian – £21,684
  • Land & Property Management – £24,336
  • Law – £24,492
  • Librarianship & Information Management – £23,920
  • Linguistics – £19,552
  • Marketing – £21,788
  • Materials Technology – £26,000
  • Mathematics – £25,896
  • Mechanical Engineering – £28,236
  • Medical Technology – £25,272
  • Medicine – £25,792
  • Middle Eastern & African Studies – £21,736
  • Music – £18,044
  • Nursing – £24,700
  • Occupational Therapy – £22,204
  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics – £18,304
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy – £22,724
  • Philosophy – £21,892
  • Physics & Astronomy – £26,312
  • Physiotherapy – £23,036
  • Politics – £22,568
  • Psychology – £19,032
  • Russian & East European Languages – £26,052
  • Social Policy – £20,384
  • Social Work – £22,776
  • Sociology – £19,812
  • Sports Science – £19,334
  • Theology & Religious Studies – £20,332
  • Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design – £23,608
  • Veterinary Medicine – £29,224

These are just averages, based on 2018 research. When you consider that the average annual gross earnings for UK employees is £26,400, a degree gives you a serious advantage if you're looking to start earning more, quicker.

Benefit #4: Learn to become independent

Gaining independence is a big part of a university lifestyle. Not only is it a chance to live away from home, it is the perfect time to challenge your existing views on life. Important life skills will be developed which will lead you into later life. Simple things like learning to cook for yourself (or trying to!) and paying bills make it easier to adjust to adult life in a job once you graduate. Also, having space and time away from a familiar environment allows you to develop as a person and reflect upon who you are or want to become.

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Benefit #5: Cultural and social experiences

As well as the education, a uni degree gives you the benefit of broadening your horizons. Living in a new place will give you the chance to experience a different culture. The UK is expansive and no matter where you go, life will be different from another place. Immersing yourself in a new environment will teach you many things and give you the opportunity to experience things you wouldn't otherwise.

One of the big parts of university is the people. University is a way of meeting people from all across the country (and further afield sometimes). Building relationships with people of different backgrounds helps make you a more rounded person. Some of the best friends are found at university!

Don't hesitate to contact us at Essay Writing Service UK with any queries about your academic studies. We can offer expert advice and guidance to help you gain your degree. If you're unsure on what to do after graduation or want to know how to get the most out of university, have a look at our articles. Visit the rest of our blog for more tips and posts.

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