The Benefits of Higher Education Study
Studying a higher education qualification is not just about learning; the experience will enrich your skills and experience. The benefits can be broken down as follows
Studying a Higher Education qualification at university or college will make you more independent as you will often have to work and study independently. You will have to budget your own finances much more than you may have had to previously as you will have a maintenance loan to support your living costs. Many students will have to work part time to supplement this loan, especially if living and studying away from home.
Again you will need to manage your time effectively to juggle work study and home life. Some students prefer to live at home and study locally because this can keep the cost of studying down. For example studying a Higher Education qualification at your local college means the tuition fees are lower and travel and living costs are usually lower too.
The social aspect of higher education is also a benefit, as you meet like-minded people and form new friendships. Universities and colleges offer many extra-curricular activities for their students to get involved in, where you can further an existing interest, or try something new in addition to meeting new people. You’re expected to work hard but uni is also fun! Your knowledge of studying something that you love and are passionate about, working with experts in the field that you are most interested in is also a benefit.
There are careers that require a specific higher education qualification, e.g. becoming a nurse, teacher, lawyer or social worker. However holding a higher education qualification can open the doors to many other career options, some which may not be directly related to the subject studied. This is because employers recognise the dedication and aptitude required to study for these qualifications, as well as the transferable skills they equip graduates with. In fact, many graduate level jobs are open to graduates holding a degree in any subject. It is also predicted that by 2022 half of all jobs will require a higher education qualification of some type.
UK higher education qualifications are recognised and respected worldwide by employers. You will develop the essential skills you’ll need in your career and working life – communication, organisation, time management, team work, leadership and problem-solving.
By studying a higher education qualification you can increase your earning potential – having a degree makes you more attractive to employers, you’ll have a greater choice of jobs and your earning potential is greater. In addition to having a greater range of jobs available to them, graduates also attract higher salaries throughout their working life, compared to non-graduates. Evidence has suggested that graduates can earn up £500,000 more on average than their non-graduate counterparts over their career.