According to magazine Future-Mag, over half (54 per cent) of graduates say they would think again about choosing university as a path to a job.
So whether you’re reconsidering uni after results day, or simply looking for an alternative option to a degree, these are 11 paths you could choose without the need for higher education.
The government has just announced a huge investment in nursing to allow healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 new nursing apprentices every year. You’ll earn a salary while tuition costs are paid, and at the end of the four-year apprenticeship you’ll be able to qualify as a nurse. Pay averages between £24,907 and £37,890.
2. Air traffic controller
As an air traffic controller, you’ll keep some of the busiest airspaces in the world moving. For this job, you have to be over 18 with a good level of mental and physical fitness. There are also some GCSE requirements.
Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters. You can now become a solicitor through an apprenticeship scheme approved in 2015. You’ll need good A Levels and have to pass some tough exams. Salaries range from £25,000 to £100,000.
4. Visual Effects Artist
This one is a little more tricky to get into, but very rewarding - as a VFX you’ll produce visual effects for commercials, TV and even films. You can do a short course at London’s MetFilm School or try an apprenticeship at Next Gen. Once qualified, pay ranges from £18,000 to £50,000.