University students have much more flexibility and independence than school students – they do not work within a set 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday schedule.
You son or daughter will need to manage their own time and learning at university from taking responsibility for their timetable and getting assignments in on time, to seeking assistance from lecturers and tutors when they need it. Full-time university students need to allocate around 40 hours per week to study, depending upon their degree.
University is also a wonderful social and cultural experience, with opportunities to join clubs and societies and be part of fun social events.
To get the most out of university, it is important that your son or daughter finds the right balance between academic life and social activities.
Our most successful graduates are those that have chosen to pursue a degree in a field they are passionate about or have a natural talent in.
Encourage your son or daughter to think carefully about their strengths and interests and how these could be utilised and developed through particular university degrees and ultimately careers.
A little research could prove to be an invaluable and potentially life-changing exercise.
Looking through the range degrees offered by a few different universities is a great starting point. Students often stumble across possibilities they had never previously considered.
A great way to gauge employment prospects is by reading job advertisements online and in newspapers, looking at things such as employment prospects, salaries and working hours. Many job advertisements also include required degree qualifications.
Whether your son or daughter has clear career goals or some general ideas, make sure they look into what degree/qualification is required to achieve their career aspirations.