12/02/2013 by mcma
Y12 today benefited from an insightful presentation on the benefits of higher education. Ben Prizeman, Recruitment Officer and recent graduate from Aberystwyth University outlined the key benefits of university study; including better job prospects, access to a wider variety of jobs, geographic mobility and broader horizons.
In addition he highlighted how university can develop your key skills including communication, problem solving and independent learning. These are the competences employers are looking for. The social side of university was flagged up, with the many new opportunities to make friends, experience freedom and join clubs and societies.
Ben then focused on decision making and gave sound advice on choosing courses, university location and comparing living costs. The pros and cons of degrees were discussed whether BA, BSc, Foundation or sandwich degree.
The advantages of smaller universities and their locations were compared with those of larger urban institutions.
Course research was recommended and the best place to start is the UCAS website which lists all the degree courses at the UK’s 250 HE institutions. Other good websites Ben recommended include http://www.hotcourses.com and http://www.push.co.uk, along with books such as The Good University Guide.
Before wishing his audience good luck, Ben highlighted the importance of extra-curricular experience and voluntary work in particular in impressing Admissions Tutors.
The presentation was well received by Y12, the vast majority of whom intend to go to university.