I'm starting a £16,000/year job on May 3rd, writing news content to increase Google hits for a variety of websites.
I graduated about 2 years ago with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing. I then shot off a few applications, became a bit disheartened by the lack of responses, and got a job in a bar for a year.
Then I did ANOTHER course, 9:30-5:30, for 20 weeks, and since it was too hard to do the course and continue barwork, my income was only what I could borrow off my parents. Not a penny off the Government or the State and no loans. Since then I've applied for more jobs and had a shit one for a week but now I've got one in the area I want to go in, and I can now progress up the career chain. Therefore, it was worth my while going through the rigmarole of education. And it was also great fun, and I learnt a lot. It also improved my creative writing significantly.
University was absolutely the best time of my life, in terms of freedom and money and spare time. I am, however, really looking forwards to getting my first paycheque, and I can't wait for the financial freedom that will bring, after almost a year of no money at all.
You've got to do a job and we're in a recession. If I didn't have a degree I would've stayed in barwork, which isn't really the most prestigious area and I would've still struggled for cash. Now, I can actually start doing what I want to do, aged 23.
I must say that having parents who could afford to help me go through all this education was also very beneficial. But it's not like my student loan is gaining much interest anyway.
It's also lucky that I went through when I did, because it'll be even more expensive for the next intake.