Help for Discontinuing Students


Dropping out of university isn't the end of the world. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Warren Buffet, Simon Cowell, Roman Abramovich, Mark Zuckerberg, Winston Churchill and Richard Branson all dropped out of university or never attended it in the first place! See our happiness at work page

If you are reading this, it is likely that you are currently not quite happy with your present situation. There could be any number of reasons for this. From what past students have said, then, broadly speaking the reason why you are feeling like you do, might have something to do with one or more of the following.


There may be other reasons in addition to those already listed. Apart from your own feelings about your studies, there may be external reasons why you are thinking of leaving: family problems, illness, failing exams or advice from academic staff to look for an alternative course. At this stage of your thinking you might like to start jotting down your reasons. Have any of the above rung bells with you? Doing this kind of exercise can help at a later stage when considering options. Try to be very specific with yourself - it is not easy!

While these are not mutually exclusive, there are a range of options you can consider:


Transferring to another university

Quite a few students transfer universities at the end of their first year but it's rare to do this at the end of your second year. This is for the following reasons:

You would need to contact the university you were interested in applying to and discuss the possibility of transferring to them.


Considering each option and weighing up its advantages and disadvantages is likely to be your next task. What is your initial reaction now? It may be very clear, but on the other hand it could be quite a difficult choice. Researching the options may also take time.

What is important is that you start the process of exploring the options and this may mean talking to people! This might be a careers adviser, your tutor, a student welfare or financial adviser, or a student counsellor. Family and friends can be useful and may be able to help you identify what is not right, so you know what to change.

To find out what JOBS YOU CAN DO WITH ALL DEGREE SUBJECTS at the University of Kent including likely employers see . If you don't know what career you want see Choosing a Career

How the Careers and Employability Service can help

Careers Advice

If you are thinking of changing or leaving your course, and want to discuss any career implications of this, or just want to explore alternative possibilities, you are welcome to visit the Careers and Employability Service to talk things over with a careers adviser. See for details of our advisory services. Anything that you discuss with us will be treated in the strictest confidence and no information will be passed on to any other department of the University unless you request us to do so.

Other sources of help and information at the University of Kent


Other Sources of Advice and Support


Our pages of information for HND students include some advice on career opportunities without a degree - this may be particularly relevant to you if you have completed more than a year of your degree studies

Apprenticeships, Jobs and Vacancy Sources


Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with study. They are available in many areas of work, including arts and media, business, engineering, finance, law, IT, travel and tourism. For further details and apprenticeship vacancies, see:

Other jobs and vacancy sources

Time out


For other organisations offering time out and volunteering opportunities, see the CES web pages at

Last fully updated 2015