Updated: Jun 6, 2020
This is one of the most common questions I get asked. “Should I go back to university?” my answer is, maybe.
Going back to university is your HOW. It’s how you achieve the outcome you want.
Find WHAT you want to do and ask yourself WHY and if going back to university fits with that, then go for it.
It’s important to remember that university generally teaches you:
• How to learn.
• It gives you facts to memorise
• How to think critically.
• How to write essays
• How to gather information and how to summarise it
It gives you a false sense of credibility (certificate). If you have studied before you don't feel very confident going into the workforce because university does not prepare you for that (unless it has a practical side). It gives you a certificate to put with your CV.
University does not
• Give you hands on experience (unless you’re in your last year doing a practicum)
• Show you how to handle workplace conflict
• Teach you how to manage everyday challenges in a workplace
• Teach you about connection, purpose, and growth
It gives you a large HECS debt and in many cases, you graduate and a job is not guaranteed as employees are looking for people with hands-on technical experience.
This is why university is not the only way forward when you're looking for a career change.
The most common mistake I see here is just going back to university with no plan and no vision of the outcome you really want.
Also not really knowing why you are going to study.
If you don't take the time to reflect and plan, you may find yourself in another career you don’t really enjoy and that is not the outcome you’re looking for. It’s a waste of time and money. This is where a career mentor/coach or strategist is valuable.
If you think about why you go back to study it’s because you don’t want to be in your current career. Understanding the reasons for that is a big clue to what you won’t like in your future career.
Before you go back to university and accumulate a HECS debt, ask yourself what you don’t like about your career? If your answer is, the people you work with, do some further investigating because difficult people are in every job.
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