The UK is currently seeing a fantastic wave of change in how young people progress to careers and undertake studies in the process. Recent reforms within the coalition government have meant that university is not as accessible to all as it has been in previous years, with fees rising rapidly and fewer places available overall. And yet, many young people are as spirited and ambitious as ever, determined to carve out a bright and successful future. Believe it or not, this is perfectly possible, without the aid of a degree.
To prove our point, we've listed a few familiar names below who never attended university, and yet are some of the richest names in the world. We left Bill Gates out, as whilst he did attend university, he dropped out before he was done...strangely though, $40 billion later, and Harvard University resolute he was worth a doctorate...
What the names have in common, is that they all got hands-on encounter with their work; putting their heart and mind into what they were passionate about. Traditional university education isn't for everyone, nor has it ever been, and non-attendance reflects nothing in terms of intelligence and attitude.
In fact, more and more young people in the UK are choosing not to go to university but instead are undertaking a modern apprenticeship. It's a combination of work and training, during which you'll be earning at least a minimum wage of 2.60 an hour, which, although it doesn't look like much compared to the masses of money listed below, is certainly better than a mountain of student debt upon graduation. An apprenticeship offers the chance to make exceptional contacts within your chosen industry and in many cases can lead to a full-time position with the company training you. Thousands of apprenticeships are available, from traditional vocational studies in the building trade... to law, business and even animal care.
- Mark Zuckerberg - The world's leading geek, the Facebook developer spent one summer out developing the revolutionary social network site, and left college to focus on it. Born in 1984, he now has a personal fortune of $1.5 billion.
Michael Dell - tumbling out of college at the age of 19 and using small loans to develop his fledgling computer business, he's now worth $12.3 billion.
Sir James Dyson - having cleaned up by cornering the vacuum market, he is worth 1.45 billion.
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