One in four graduates regret having gone to university

... at least that’s according to a survey which quizzed 2000 of them about university.

The most common reasons given for such regret included paying too much for their degree, wasting their time and making bad choices.


The survey also revealed nearly half work in a job where they could have reached the same level through a trainee or apprenticeship scheme.

And although a whopping 93 per cent said they enjoyed their freedom from their parents, nearly half said their current job is not related to their degree.

Joe Crossley, Business Development Director, of Qube Learning  a training provider specialising in vocational courses, short courses and e-learning commissioned the study,  he said: “It’s natural for a lot of graduates to finish their degrees expecting to jump on the career ladder almost immediately, but this is often far from the truth.”

Many students feel they have to achieve a high grade or risk being unemployable but when they finally get a job, their qualification becomes redundant, he says, adding it was surprising how few undergraduates are told about alternative routes to university studies. 

Just one in five were made aware of apprenticeships as an option with less than five per cent told about distant or online learning.

Meanwhile degrees in fashion, drama and media studies are in the top ten of a ‘waste of time’ while degrees in law or engineering and medicine were deemed the most useful.


Surprisingly perhaps, just under half of those who have studied a degree in medicine say they could have got the same job through an apprenticeship scheme or something similar with one in five graduates admitting they are now behind those who did apprenticeships or who went straight into work.

Given the option to go back and do it all again, nearly one quarter would go down an alternative route such as an apprenticeship, online qualification or learning a trade. And more than half agree their university experience did more for their social life than their education, with nearly one in five leaving university having met their partner. 

Mr Crossley, continued: “It's imperative people as young as 16 are made aware of the educational choices out there.  There is a huge scope for individuals to learn a trade, through traineeships and apprenticeships, whilst being educated.”