Category: Careers and alternative careers
Is University overrated?
According to in the Economist, we are engaged in a pointless academic arms race, with more and more students going to university, while the benefits to them, and to wider society become harder to concern. Degrees are now so common place, that they don’t really mean very much, but employers still use them as a…
The Declining Value of A Degree?
More people are doing degrees, yet they are less likely to give us the skills future employers need, so is it worth doing a degree in the first place? Or are you better off saving £50K? In this thought-provoking article Zak Slayback argues that the value of a degree has declined for three main reasons:…
Freeganism – Definition and Overview of the Movement
I’ve been considering strategies for saving money recently, in an attempt to retire early, and got a bit carried away researching/ reading about freeganism – fascinating subculture/ network/ however your want to characterise it… Freeganism – A Basic Definition ‘Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional…
What Percentage of Your Life Will You Spend at Work?
The average person in the UK will spend 19.6% of their total waking hours at work.
Alternative lifestyles – or how to avoid working for a living
So you’ve just finished your A levels and you don’t fancy doing or a degree or getting a job, what other options are there? As tutors we generally package post-18 options into two camps: degree versus apprenticeships/ training towards a particular career, with the possible ‘adventurous’ option of a gap year. But what if, like…
Is it worth doing a degree?
Is it worth spending £30, 000 or more and three years of your life doing a degree? If we limit our analysis to purely financial considerations and if we focus on ‘median earnings’ – then yes, on average, it is definitely still worth doing a degree: graduates currently earn about £8K a year more on average than non graduates…
Introductory Reading for Undergraduate Sociology Students
What reading should you do in order to prepare for studying an undergraduate degree in Sociology? This post recommends some introductory reading that you might like to do over the summer to get ahead before commencing the first year of your degree in sociology, or related discipline. I also explore some of the differences between A-level and…
Careers Advice for Teenagers (Part 1)
So you’re 17 going on 18 and it seems like the end of A levels are ages away, but for some reason your damn tutors keep haranguing you about about preparing for your future career NOW. When it comes to career readiness, there is no such thing as enough, even if you are going to…
Vanilla Vloggers – Insubstantial Selves?
Lifestyle vlogging seems like a very nice way to avoid earning a living – and a handful of popular vanilla vloggers (such as Zoella) are managing just that – simply by uploading videos of themselves consuming various items and having fun with their friends and pets. Obviously I’d like to avoid earning a living too,…