When the time comes to take those final exams in school and finally be free of the set lessons and lunch schedule of school, we are often pushed roughly into one direction. 

University is the most popular way to move on after school or college and most of us spend those earlier years preparing and working our way up to joining a university of our choice. 

But not all of us want to go through the strict schedule of learning or get ourselves in student debt for 3-4 years of our lives, and this can leave us a little confused as to what our options are. 

There are plenty of ways that you can enjoy your time after school or college without going to university and today we are going to take a look at a few of the best options for you. 

Online study 

Just because you don’t want to go and move to a new city and live in halls might not mean that you don’t want to learn. It is always important to take the time to learn in our lives and learning can bring us more opportunities in the working world. If you don’t want to go to university you can always work a job at home and attend Norwich University Online instead. Online study is a great way to learn because you will be able to learn in your own time and in your own way. It is much better than worrying about transport and early morning lectures. 


One of the increasingly popular ways to start your working career is to join an apprenticeship scheme in your local area. Apprenticeships can be a wonderful opportunity for anyone to learn and even if you weren’t the best at school, you can still find something which works for you. Taking a job like this means that you can learn while gaining experience in the field and when you come to move on and find another role this can really work in your favour.

Gap year

If you want to get away from your boring life for a little while and enjoy yourself, who can blame you? Working at school for years and years can take a toll on you and it could cause a lot of stress. By choosing to take a gap year you will have the chance to travel, enjoy seeing the world and learn new skills in new places. It also means that you will have the time to think about what you really want in life, and whether this be to go to university, making some money or to start working on your own project, it will allow you to really know what you want before making a decision. 

Studying overseas

If you are still looking to study but you don’t want to study here in the UK, that’s ok! Studying abroad is an experience which can really open your mind and bring you lots of new chances in life. You can find the best school for your given subject and this can allow you to work your way up in the world and get the best possible start to your career once you are out of university.

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