Should I Encourage My Child To Go To University? | AD

25 November 2019

Disclosure - This is a paid collaboration with St Catherines

University building
For many children, the end of school can be a confusing time. This is because they have to decide on their next steps and what they want for their future. For parents who are trying to help their children decide whether or not to go to university, here is some useful advice from St Catherine’s School.

There are various reasons that students wish to go on to university. Many wish to continue learning about a particular subject or wish to further their skill set; whereas others decide to go to university to experience living away from home or to enjoy the social life.

Regardless of their reason, it is important to remind your child that university is ultimately for learning and can open up a greater choice of career opportunities if they work hard.

They mustn’t forget that although there is the appeal of a fun campus social life, they must have a genuine desire to learn about their chosen subject. This will help to make their university experience more fulfilling and rewarding.

Another key consideration for parents is whether their child is motivated enough to study independently, without being prompted by a teacher or parent.

Depending on your child, it might be more motivating to combine study with paid work experience. It’s worth discussing the learning environment they feel they will benefit from the most and if they would like to start earning while they learn.

If student debt is a concern, then it is vital to do your research. Take time to carefully consider your options and decide what is best for your family financially.
There are loans available to cover university fees and living costs. Repayments of these loans usually begin when your child has graduated and has started earning a salary.

Whether your child wants to go to university, find work experience or take a gap year, it is important to talk through their options and support their decisions


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