Today, most young people, in Britain, go to university straight from school. Some take a gap year to travel but more young people than not go to university. It seems as if it always has been thus but it was not always so. Only the privileged few once went to college, teenagers from wealthy parents or the truly brilliant, who got help with expenses. The vast majority of young people left school at fifteen or sixteen years of age, going either straight into a job or into an apprenticeship to learn a trade.
They filled the offices, shops and factories in the sixties, seventies and eighties. People ask them where they went to university and they sadly reply that they did not go to university, people look at them as if they have no brains at all. People do not understand the reality of life in the bad old days.
It is bad enough that your life is tormented by not having a degree without others looking down on you. Does it seems that everyone who has that coveted piece of paper is confident, knows more and speaks better than you do. Do you feel that there is something missing from your life although you may have held responsible jobs, raised children, paid your bills and taxes and contributed to your community?
You may feel that the time for education has long passed and that anyway you are not brainy enough to consider returning to learning. Neither of these two thoughts are true, just having a degree does not make a person more intelligent than you and these days there are so many opportunities for mature students to go to university and get that degree. No one is too old to get that missing degree and fill that void in life.
Many British universities run special courses and open days aimed at mature students. Some run part time courses so that older students can work whilst they study. Tutors and lecturers understand the particular problems that mature students have in juggling job, domestic and family duties with studying. They are sympathetic, and they will help you to find a mutually agreeable solution when life intervenes in your studies.
If you want a degree, do not be frightened, universities welcome mature students these days. Go to one of the open days at your local university, talk to the tutors and lecturers and see what subject you would like to take. You will not be the oldest in your class; adult students are flocking to the now welcoming universities and, like you, they are choosing to get that missing degree. The moment that you graduate clutching that precious piece of paper is well worth the effort that it takes to get it. Getting your degree may help you in your career and fill that missing void but it will also benefit your life in so very many immeasurable ways.