There’s already a huge amount of information available online to support you in choosing which university to attend. I did a simple online search and the options at the end of this article showed up. Have a look, they all provide some great insight.
The only suggestion I have, before you start wading through all this information, is to consider the reason you’re choosing to go to university. If it’s to study for a vocation, gain a deeper understanding of a subject you’re passionate about, or even want to simply experience university life, go for it. Get started and find which university would suit you most.
If you’re going to university because you haven’t considered the reasons why. Or because you couldn’t identify another option you would like to pursue. I’d recommend you take some time to explore and ensure this is what you truly want. A gap year or two won’t restrict your options, in fact, you may find alternatives that you’d never considered before. Every gap on a CV can be explained thoughtfully. If you do this, employers will engage with you, just check out my LinkedIn profile. It’s full of gaps, but that didn’t stop top employers hiring me. It also hasn’t prevented me from starting a business and growing a career in an area that is fairly removed from what I studied.
I believe going to university is a great option and I regularly encourage people to pursue this. However, with such abundant options available, I think it’s sensible to consider if there’s a better option for you. Also, let’s be really clear here. Apprenticeships and a gap year are not the only alternatives. Have you considered teaching yourself? Have you thought about setting up your own business? What about simply getting a job? Or taking time to pursue an interest? There is no right or wrong answer here. And if you later find you’ve made a mistake, don’t worry. We all make mistakes, and we can find another approach that works for you.