Advantages of Not Going to University

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2021 and last updated on July 22, 2023

The topic of “Advantages of Not Going to University” offers English learners a unique perspective to enrich their language skills while exploring unconventional educational paths. Engaging in discussions about vocational training, entrepreneurship and self-directed learning enhances vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking abilities.

Through this topic, learners can broaden their understanding of diverse career opportunities, cultural viewpoints and personal growth trajectories.

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Advantages of Not Going to University

Exploring the advantages of not going to university unveils a thought-provoking perspective on alternative pathways to success and personal development. This topic challenges conventional norms, highlighting how pursuing vocational training, entrepreneurship or self-directed learning can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers.

By avoiding the traditional college route, individuals can save on tuition costs, enter the workforce earlier and gain practical experience. Emphasising the value of diverse educational journeys, this introduction encourages open discussions about the myriad opportunities available beyond the confines of a university degree.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • affect (verb)
  • as a result of (something) (phrase)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • benefit (someone/something) (verb)
  • decision (noun)
  • definitely (adverb)
  • importance (noun)
  • take into account (phrase)
  • vocational (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you believe not attending university can lead to successful careers?
  • What are the advantages of not going to university?
  • What are some alternative educational paths or career choices that offer advantages over going to university?
  • What are the main advantages of pursuing vocational training or apprenticeships instead of attending university?
  • What careers do you think don't really benefit from university?
  • What are some potential drawbacks or challenges of choosing not to attend university, and how can they be overcome?
  • How can individuals who decide not to attend university demonstrate their expertise and qualifications to potential employers?
  • What are some common misconceptions or stereotypes about not attending university
  • Should society place less emphasis on university degrees and recognize the value of alternative education and training?
  • Should the government provide more financial support and incentives for vocational training programs and other alternative educational paths?
  • Should high schools provide more comprehensive career counselling to students, highlighting the advantages of alternative paths to university?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.