University is only one path to a successful career

No matter where you are in your career, there are ample options available for those who choose not to go to University.

There is a lot of focus today around A-level results.  Whilst it may seem like a big deal for those who are receiving their results after suffering for over the past year and a half, having the best grades does not guarantee a successful career.

Not to downplay the importance of the results, they still function as a way to determine your University entrance and basic employment requirements.  However, there is a danger in placing too much emphasis on them and how life-affecting they are, which are unnecessarily impacting students’ mental health.

It’s the skills and habits you form in attaining these results that should be celebrated, not so much the result.


As your career progresses,  habits you developed such as time-management, collaboration, adaptability, and goalsetting, have more of an impact on your career.  What becomes less important over time are your school results.

Employers are only interested in what you have done in the past 2-5 years.  As a recruiter in the UK for the past 8 years, I have not once looked at someone’s school results.

University is not the only path to a successful career

Leading tech companies are competing to disrupt traditional learning institutions by introducing their own in-house learning options.  

Google recently announced their plans to disrupt the world of education, including the launch of new certificate programs that are designed to help people bridge any skills gap and get qualifications in high-paying, high-growth job fields–with one noteworthy feature: 

No college degree necessary:

Most enrollees will finish in six months or less, putting the cost at about $240 for U.S. students. Some may need only three months, cutting that cost in half. Google is offering 100,000 need-based scholarships in the U.S.

Keen to jump on the career ladder sooner?

Indeed UK identified the highest paying jobs in the UK that do not require a degree and below is their top 10:
1. Python developer – £62,600
2. Java developer – £58,800
3. C++ developer -£54,574
4. Satellite installer – £51,700
5. Model – £45,000
6. Senior copywriter – £41,400
7. Private chef – £39,400
8. Mortgage advisor – £37,800
9. Trader -£37,600
10. Commercial electrician – £33,300

The average UK salary is £31461

Good luck to all high school graduates!

Dave Crumby

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