studentsOne of the myths of choosing a university course is that a student should always do so with an eye to future employability, as a good half of employers do not stipulate specific degrees. Doing a degree in a subject that doesn’t interest them is a recipe for a tough and probably not very stimulating three years. The main issue is to choose a respected university, as that is what most employers put importance on when recruiting.

Of just as much importance to an employer nowadays is what a student does at university. Gone are the days of a relaxed and unfocused three years when employment after graduation was guaranteed. Now a student needs to be focused and have a strategy to achieve outside of their academic studies too. This might be as a member of a sports team, organiser of a society or a college ball, anything that can be used to display life skills gained over and above pure studying. Work experience during the holidays, and the ubiquitous unpaid internships are also becoming a vital part of their CV.

University life, especially with fees of up to £9,000 a year, has changed forever. Those who strike a sensible balance, and a realistic weighting between all night binges and getting well prepared work in on time, are no longer regarded as swots, as is evidenced by the jam packed libraries before exams. It is now a life balance issue between work and play, and a time for wise and careful choices: managing tight budgets and demands on time and friendships, choosing a student house, coping with homesickness and worries about whether or not the course is the right one.