It’s worth taking a second to think about alternatives to the traditional university route. It's easy to get swept up into the hysteria of finding a university, but who said going to university was the only/ best option?
One of the benefits of living in a digital world is that we're now able to colour outside the lines. The traditional educational pathway of school-sixth form-university-job is being matched by more flexible routes that prioritise experience and hard skills over qualifications.
You're now able to get your dream job without ever stepping into a lecture hall or writing a dissertation. Top employers have stopped asking for UCAS points or degree qualifications from applicants and are instead interested in finding out more about your side hustles and the skills you bring to the table.
Self-starters are in high demand! Employers know that it takes a talented and hard-working person to set up their own business or independently learn how to code.
As someone who works within the fast-paced creative industries –industries that are often considered at the forefront of change – I can vouch for the fact that the measure of success is changing, so think hard about whether having a degree is essential for where you want to be.
Working at Livity, the youth-led creative network behind popular YouTube channels Street Player and Off Road and marketing campaigns for brands including Netflix, PlayStation, Topman and Dyson, I get to meet hundreds of super-talented young creatives and entrepreneurs who have carved their own path outside traditional education and are making waves in the industries they're in.
From Bejay Mulenga, founder of Supa Academy to Sian Anderson, BBC1 Xtra DJ and founder of Floorsixx, they've all been through Livity's doors and are inspiring more and more young people to chase their dreams.
What’s more, this isn’t a trend I’m seeing solely within Livity; the creative industries as a whole are thriving, and there are some brilliant opportunities out there for young people. Organisations like Create Jobs and the ERIC festival are definitely worth checking out for anyone looking at a career within the creative industries.
Equally, we at Livity are always more than happy to help.
- By Aishat Ola- Said