Making the Right Uni Choice: 5 Top Tips

Careers + Advice
Figuring out what to do next can be one of the most stressful things a young person can go through.  FAD aims to knock that stress firmly on the head with our free, tailored Fashion Forward careers workshops for 16-21 year olds.

Here are FAD’s top tips for applying to university.

Choosing the ‘right’ university

Many people are put off going to university simply because there are so many different considerations to picking the right one. Don’t panic! The key is to take your time. Go to as many open days as you can. Explore and ask questions – no question is a silly question to ask.

It’s important to look at all aspects of the university you are considering. Things to think about for example the courses available, what the facilities are like, how much tutor time you get, do you like the place it’s in. Open days will allow you to ask direct questions and make a decision based on what really suits you as an individual.

Applying for university

This is all about selling yourself in the best way possible. There’s no easy way around a personal statement, but it’s an essential part of your application so make sure you reserve plenty of time to write one and be prepared to edit it. Try not to blab on about how many cats you have & what your favourite take-away is. Put in the most essential information about you and tailor your experience so it applies to the course you want to do.

Portfolio advice

Every course leader is looking for something specific. If you are unsure what that is, the best thing to do is call them up and ask them. Your portfolio should be neatly presented and should really tell a story about who you are creatively and how you work. For more expert advice on putting together a portfolio read Joanne’s top 10 tips here.

Funding & fees

Don’t let the money aspect daunt you. It’s actually not as bad as it sounds. You don’t have to pay it upfront and for many young people on low incomes there are grants out there to help you. Plus, this is an investment into your future. If you’re going to invest a large amount of money into something, this should be it, but only if you make an informed choice.

Other options

Believe it or not there are other options to get to where you want to be. However this really depends on how you are as a person and how hard you want to work for it. Things such as apprenticeships, retail trainee schemes and diplomas can be a good first step onto the career ladder.

Want to kick start your creative career right now? Sign up for FAD’s practical Fashion Futures workshops for 16-19 year olds starting in January 2015.

In our experience many young people struggle to access the tailored careers advice they need to pursue a creative career. If you are a school interested in hosting an FAD Fashion Forward careers workshop for your students please email info@fad.org.uk for more information. Costs apply.

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