Benefits of earning a degree
Reasons your son or daughter may have for wanting to go to university:
- Develop knowledge and expertise in a subject they enjoy
- Pursue a career they are passionate about
- Improve their career prospects and give themselves an opportunity to earn more money
Whatever their reasons, earning a degree is a significant achievement that will have lifelong benefits. They will achieve an academic qualification, develop as adults and learn valuable life skills along the way.
Enhanced career prospects
Studying at degree level develops transferable skills such as:
- time management
- problem solving
- independent thought
- report writing
- team working
- leadership skills
- effective communication.
These skills are developed in all areas of university life: organising workloads, planning research, dealing with multiple deadlines, part-time work, planning social events and through membership of committees and/or student societies. Transferable skills are valued by employers, and your son or daughter’s ability to demonstrate these once they have graduated will be an excellent start to their CV.
A recent survey of 22,000 graduates conducted by Graduate Prospects found that over 66% of students gained some form of work experience while studying. Types of work experience can include a year in industry, internships, work placements, part-time work and volunteering.
You may be concerned about your son or daughter’s employment prospects once they graduate. While gaining a degree does not guarantee employment, those with degrees are able to choose from a wider range of professions. A graduate is also more likely to start at a higher level or progress faster within a company than a non-graduate.back to top
Earning a degree will enable your son or daughter to compete effectively with other graduates, but the other experiences they may have as a student are as equally important. You should encourage them to consider:
- becoming a course representative
- joining a student ambassador scheme
- getting involved in societies and sports clubs
- taking a position on a student committee
- volunteering their time: student media, students’ union, student ambassador, open days, language skills, fundraising...the list goes on.
University is a unique learning experience, both academically and socially. Your son or daughter will have the chance to meet people from all over the world and from a variety of different backgrounds, which informs their learning by exposing them to different points of view.
Universities offer access to fantastic facilities and provide opportunities to try something new:
- Learning a new language
- Trying a new sport
- Taking up a new hobby
- Spending a year studying abroad
- Chairing a committee
- Representing the student community
- Working in student media - student newspaper, radio and TV
- Fundraising and volunteering.