University does NOT define you!

University does NOT define you!
Another Monday has arrived (yawn) and it’s safe to say I woke up veryyy late this morning. Thankfully, I work for my dad so I have a teeny tiny bit of leeway if I happen to be late once or twice. I’ve had such a busy week/weekend and honestly haven’t stopped so I really have exhausted myself out! **Maybe I should take some of my own advice from my previous blog post
Recently, I’ve had lots of questions asking which university I go to…. I don’t go, nor have I ever wanted to go to university – it just never really appealed to me. When I left school 2 years ago, all my friends left to go to different Uni’s and I felt a bit lost. I was forever going here there and everywhere (Leeds, Liverpool, London etc) to visit them and I absolutely loved visiting, but I also loved coming home. When I first left school, I bagged myself an apprenticeship within a really successful business, however I felt college was just like being back in school and didn’t feel I was pushing myself within my job. I decided at Christmas 2015 that I was going to leave the apprenticeship and the job as it wasn’t for me.

If I don’t go to University.. what do I do?

I was already working part-time at the pub in my village but other than that I didn’t have anything so I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to pay for my car etc. I was really lucky when my dad asked me to help in his business a couple of days as he had been so busy and inundated with paperwork he hadn’t had chance to deal with everything. My dad’s business became more and more successful and as I had spent 3 years in a restaurant, I was already such a people person. Slowly I merged in to dealing with customers (some of which were very difficult), working full time (!!!), and taking on extra jobs like designing websites and doing all the business’ marketing. It was something I really enjoyed and was really good at –If I do say so myself- and it just worked so well.
I get a lot of comments such as ‘wow I couldn’t work with my dad you’re doing so well’ but in actual fact we get on so well and always have a laugh so it’s perfect (apart from when he shouts at me for singing 24/7.. who allowed a radio in the office?!). When I mention that I work in a family business a lot of people turn their nose up and think it’s such a cop out job – It’s actually far from it. I work ridiculously hard to maintain relationships with customers, make sure all my jobs are done and keep on top of everything – there is no slacking allowed.. else me and dad would definitely argue!. I work longer hours than a lot of people my age including Saturdays, and it’s also an hour’s drive from home so it’s quite a demanding job.

What do other people think?

I also receive lots of comments such as ‘Oh, you decided against university?’ or ‘You aren’t going to earn as much if you don’t have a degree’.. AGHHH this annoys me so much because this is so far from the truth. Of course, people that go to university work hard to get their degrees and can go on to get some fabulous jobs. Some jobs even require degrees, but this does not mean you can’t do well without them. For example, my dad has no qualifications whatsoever and runs a really successful garage. My mum left University with a law degree, that she got a really good job with but now she has nothing to do with law and is in Childcare with no degree in this area, and is doing even better than she was in law.
Sometimes, it’s who you know and not what you know that can get you really good jobs (as well as having the right attitude towards work). But most of all, it’s about working hard. If you work hard, strive to achieve, you can get anything you put your mind to.
Deciding against University is NOT anything to be ashamed of, nor is it a bad life decision. University does not make you more successful, it does not make you any more of a person and it definitely does not define you. Do more of what makes you happy and go with your heart. Deciding what path you want to go down can be tricky but you will eventually find something you love so boss it every step of the way and reach for the stars.


  1. March 21, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Great post Sarah (great name BTW ��) I didn't go to uni. I am doing a degree now as a (very) mature student and loving it, but because it is right for me now. I have certainly managed very successfully for the last 42 years without one.

    I echo you 100% hard work and determination. Follow your dreams.

  2. March 21, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Yesss Sarah is the best name!! So glad you are loving Uni and have decided to go at a time which is best suited for you. Degrees can be so so useful and can also further your knowledge within a subject which a lot of people choose it for! So glad you liked this post thank you x

  3. March 25, 2017 / 3:02 am

    Hey Sarah, I decided to have a gander on your blog during a late night feed and I'm super impressed with your viewpoints. I have seen you grow and mature into a wonderful woman and reading this post makes me so very proud of the young woman you have become. I totally agree that a degree, although definitely takes a lot of hard work and commitment, doesn't define you. I also obtained a Law degree and ended up in the motor industry, this just proves that you move where the job/money potential is. Well done you for finding yourself and most importantly being true to yourself, it's the best way of ensuring happiness in this journey we call life. Keep growing sweet one, I'm always watching and admiring. Lots of love shanika xxx

  4. March 25, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Thank you so much! People like you in the family that inspire me to be the best I can possibly be. Sending lots of love to you all xxx

  5. lifeasloismay
    March 27, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Great read! I personally have gone to university and I have loved the opportunities that it has given me but it sounds like you have done just fine without enrolling on a course! This is definitely a motivating post even if it is not for University. Makes me feel positive with my life afterwards!
    Lois x

  6. hannxo
    March 27, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I really like this post! I'm a uni student and I felt at the time like it was the best choice for me, but it's really refreshing to see a different viewpoint! Every so often I question if it was the right decision, so I really relate to the points you've made here. Very inspiring 🙂

  7. March 27, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    This is such a great message that I really feel isn't shared anywhere near as much as it should be. I'm in college at the moment, and university is pushed down our throats all the time like it's the only option that's going to get there. We're told about apprenticeships, but universities are the “best” option, and that's not always the case. I don't think university is a bad thing for people who know what they want to do, but I think more options should be publicized within college/school. I love hearing stories about people who were able to find success without university too; I'm so glad your parents are doing well! It just shows, like you said, that hard work means more than education at times.

  8. March 27, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Thank you! All my friends are doing amazing at university too it definitely depends on the person and whether you are interested in going or not. Glad you have loved the opportunities though! Yeessss all about that positivity!! x

  9. March 27, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Totally agree with 'it's about who you know sometimes' idea as a degree doesn't always guranatee the job! Currently at university working towards getting a psychology degree but I already know I need to make connections to get me there mostly!x

  10. March 27, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Aaaaah thank you! Yes definitely who knows in the future I may decide I would like to further my knowledge and end up in university!xx

  11. March 27, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Hi. What a great read. Yes university is all about personal choice and you should do what feels right for you as an individual, Chloe.

  12. March 27, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Great post girl! I'm at uni and I know thats whats right for me because I love the school environment but I completely agree that it isn't for everyone and people need to stop assuming that everyone has to go. University doesn't make you any more successful in life, it's just an alternative pathway to the same thing. xx

    Sophia xx

  13. March 27, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Aaaah I completely get this!! When I was in sixth form everything was so focused on university, there were so many more opportunities for people wanting to go and if you didn't you kind of just got forgotten about. There is so much more to life other than university, to either explore or enter in to the world of work. My advice would be to follow your heart, if you don't feel like university is for you then you're probably right – you know yourself better than anybody else! Good luck for whichever path you choose xx

  14. March 27, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Completely! Good links are great in the world of work and can open you up to so many opportunities than can be taken if you are driven to do so!!x

  15. March 27, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Thank you! 100%, there is no point pushing yourself in to something that you dont want to do!x

  16. March 27, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Thanks hun!! University is such a good opportunity and if you love it I'm sure you'll do fabulous. Good luck with your degree!xx

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