Higher education at 18+

Benefits of doing a HE level course

Employment benefits

Higher skills will give you an edge in the job market and help you progress in your career. Employers are often looking for people with graduate level skills - irrespective of the degree subject studied.

  • People with higher level skills are less likely to be unemployed, this is partly because their higher-level skills allow them to do a range of jobs.
  • Many professional jobs require a university degree, such as, architecture, dentistry, physiotherapy and lots more.
  • Many professions only employ graduates and many of the opportunities they offer can be open to graduates with any sort of degree subject.
  • Even if you have no career in mind you can develop the general skills employers want such as team working, communication skills, research skills, etc. through a degree.
  • The job market is changing so fast that we are not even sure what jobs will exist in the future, but we do know jobs are likely to be managerial and professional - and a degree will prepare you for this level of job.
  • Many universities will give students the opportunity to do high quality work experience, either in this country or abroad.
  • You will meet new people and build a network of contacts that can really help with your future career.

Financial benefits

  • Of course there is debate about the figures, and they can vary widely between surveys and subjects, but typically, on average, someone with a Level 4 qualification will earn £200 more per week than someone with a Level 3 qualification!
  • There are factors which influence the level of increased earnings gained from doing a higher education level qualification, like career choice, type of qualification, grades, age, subjects, and where you study.
  • Employers pay most for skills and qualifications that are specialised and are particularly important to their business or are in short supply.
  • By 2020, it is estimated that 40% of the workforce will require higher level skills (skills associated with higher education).
  • In 2015, graduates and postgraduates had higher employment rates, with a greater proportion in high-skilled employment, lower unemployment rates, lower inactivity rates and higher median salaries than non-graduates.
  • An Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFs) report shows "Higher education leads to much better earnings than those earned by non-graduates, although students need to realise that their subject choice is important in determining how much of an earnings advantage they will have." Read more here
  • The same report found that women benefit more from a degree than their male counterparts. Median earnings of English women around 10 years after graduation were just over three times those of non-graduates, compared to the median earnings of male graduates, which were around twice those of men without a degree.

Personal benefits

  • Graduates enjoy better health outcomes, by being less likely to smoke, more likely to exercise, and less prone to depression.
  • Graduates’ children also benefit from the educational success of their parents: graduates tend to have a greater involvement with their child’s education.
  • Graduates are more influential in the community, by being active citizens who are more likely to vote and participate in voluntary activities.
  • Graduates show positive attitudes towards diversity and equal opportunities, such as on race and gender equality issues.
  • Graduates, with their higher levels of skill, are a source of wider innovation and economic growth.

What Are The Benefits of Higher Education?

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