Why study? Studying is difficult. You have to attend lectures, complete assignments and off course write tests and exams. On top of that, you’re trying to have a life and have some fun. University is expensive too. And even if you graduate, you might not get a job. In addition, we had to go through 12 years of studying during school anyway! Why sign up for more of the same? Well, we’re going destroy a few myths when it comes to studying. We’re going to do this by providing some incredible data as well! Prepare to be inspired.
Myth 1: Even if I graduate, I won’t get a job – so what’s the point of studying?
Simply put, there is massive difference in unemployment rates between graduates and non-graduates. This is true in South Africa and all over the world.
In the graph above, the red line shows the unemployment rate in the United States for high school graduates, while the blue line shows the unemployment rate for university graduates with at least a Bachelor’s degree. The unemployment rate for those that only completed high school is around DOUBLE that of university graduates. In other words, by studying further and attending university you are twice as more likely to get a job compared to a non-graduate.
Myth 2: I completed Matric, so I’m already educated. I’m ready to work.
You never stop learning. Get used to it. Instead of whining about having to study, learn to enjoy studying and the processes behind understanding and becoming competent at anything. Even after you graduate from university, you will continue learning and ‘studying’ at your new job. Life is about constant change and constant education to cope with that change.
You might be able to get a job straight out of Matric but then what happens if you lose your job? You will have no qualification to show for it. One of the biggest advantages of studying and graduating is that nobody can take away your qualification. You can lose your job, all your money and even your home but that little piece of paper that you graduated with will stay with you forever. Working after you graduate will allow you to build work experience on top of your qualification which will accelerate your growth.
Myth 3: Studying is boring. I don’t want to be buried in books for another 3 or 4 years.
One of the ironies about university is that you learn more out of the classroom than in it. Being in an environment filled with other young minds and being exposed to a diverse set of perspectives is certainly not boring. Joining student societies and getting to engage with other people with similar interests is incredibly exciting. Working on interesting projects and innovating is also great. Lastly, universities are buzzing with social events and student towns naturally come with a thriving nightlife. You also get plenty of vacations to boot!
While you will spend a lot of time attending lectures and studying, you will also have plenty of time to focus on the various other aspects of your life. In fact, check out the graphic below and you might be surprised to see how students spend most of their time. Your years at university could very well turn out to be the most exciting and rewarding years of your life. Does that sound boring to you?