However, according to teen magazine Future-Mag, 54% of graduates say they’d think again about choosing university as the best way to find a job.
If you don’t fancy another three years of study, can’t face the debt, or didn’t get the results you were expecting, don’t worry. There are plenty of routes into careers that that don’t require you to have a degree.
Here are some top jobs you can do without a degree:
5. Visual Effects Artist -Pay from 18,000to 50,000once qualified
The lowdown: They help artists produce all the whizzyvisual effects (VFX). They assist seniorVFXartistsand prepare the elements required for the final shots.Eventually theyll be employed bypost productioncompaniesworking on commercials, television series and feature films.
Getting there: You could do a practical short course atLondonsMetFilmSchool (Ealing Studios) and try to get into the industry that way, or do an apprenticeship viaNext Gen
6. Estate Agent -15,000to40,000
The Lowdown: An estate agents lot isnt quite as chaotic as the comedy StathLets Flats,might lead you to believe, in reality, estate agentssell and rent out commercial and residential property, acting as negotiators between buyers and sellers.
Getting there: Some estate agents offer an intermediate apprenticeship as a junior estate agent, or youmay be able to start as a trainee sales negotiator and learn on the job.
Pay:Estate agents often work on commission which means that you have a basic salary and also earn a percentage of the sale or rental price of any property you sell or rent.
7. Police Officer -Pay 20,000 to 60,000
The lowdown: This is another profession where the Government has pumped in large amounts of cash to help recruit new coppers. If youve been considering this as a career, now could be the right time to apply. Police officers keep law and order, investigate crime, and support crime prevention.
Getting there: Thereis no formal educational requirement, for direct application but you will have to be physically fit and pass written tests. Or, you could start by doing a police constable degree apprenticeship.You'll usually need:4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship.
You can get a taste of what it's like to work with the police by volunteering as aspecial constable.
You could also get paid work as apolice community support officer (PCSO)before applying for police officer training.
8. Public Relations officer:Pay 18,000 to 90,000
The Lowdown: Public relations (PR) officers manage an organisation's public image and reputation. Youmight get involved inplanning PR campaigns,monitoring and reacting to the public and media,writing and editing press releases, speeches, newsletters, leaflets, brochures and websites,creating content on social mediamuch more.
Getting there: Thereis no set entry route to become a public relationsofficerbut it may be useful to do a relevant subjectat college,like a Foundation Certificate in Marketing.
You can work towards this role by doing a public relations assistant higher apprenticeship.
Entry requirements: You'll usually need:4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship