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I Don’t Want To Go To Uni But I Feel I’ve No Choice

I don't want to go to uni

I’m 18 years old and for as long as I can remember I have wanted a career criminology – the problem is, I don’t want to go to uni but I feel I’ve no choice.

Often I hear people talk about how apprenticeships are seen as the fall-back, second choice that people take when things don’t go well. My experience though is the opposite. I am desperate to get out there and start doing the job. I finish my A-levels in philosophy, psychology and law this August  and an apprenticeship would be perfect for me.

I Can’t Find An Apprenticeship

The problem is, I can’t find anything – no apprenticeship, no school-leaver programme, nothing that I can access which would allow me to get started on developing a career in criminology.

I Don’t Want To Go To Uni

The thought of going to university really doesn’t appeal to me and yet, if I can’t find a suitable apprenticeship or other sort of programme where I can work and get qualified then it seems like there’s not much choice for me. What am I supposed to do? Leave school with my A-levels and just work in the local shop? That doesn’t offer me any opportunity to develop the kind of career that I want. I heard about the new policing apprenticeship and that sounded great, but I’ve no idea how to apply for this.

I think that too many young people feel just like me – it’s not that we think that university is the only way to go about preparing for a successful career, it’s more that we can’t find any other way to do it – so there you have it, I don’t want to go to uni but I feel I’ve no choice.

Disgruntled Anon.


About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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