Pools of debt, years of studying and a slim improvement in job prospects – if you’re a reader of tabloid newspapers, university life is unremittingly bleak.

Yet those cynical of further education increasingly have a point. In the past few years, the cost of tuition fees has increased to £9,000 in some more prestigious institutions across England and Wales. If Universities UK, the representative body of all universities in the country, get their way that cap could be removed entirely.

The cost could be enough to dissuade working class students from attending. Being stranded in debt for the rest of your days is a frightening proposition when you don’t have the safety net of family money to fall back on.

Indeed, the odds seem racked against poorer students. Attending university feels like little more than spinning a wheel and crossing your fingers.

While this gloomy prognosis might not be entirely accurate, the disillusionment remains.

Bearing that in mind, we’ve come up with a few alternate paths to university that could breed success. Who knows how they could help you?

The Beauty Game

The beauty industry rakes in hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Doesn’t that sound like an appealing proposition?

And there are plenty of entry points into the industry, although the entrepreneurial side will make you the most cash.

If you’re opening a beauty salon, you’ll need to stay up to date with the latest trends. And the solution lies online. Everything from dermal filler courses to the latest on-trend tips can be found with an Ethernet connection, helping you rake in profits and remain at the height of fashion.

It’s a different kind of study – one letting you tap into a multibillion dollar industry.

Trading Places

Trades – whether in painting, joinery or electrical work – offer you a steady job for all your years. Moreover, the tradesperson with experience under their belt can easily move into the realms of the entrepreneur.

Becoming fully qualified in a trade can take the same amount of time as a university degree, but you’ll be able to earn while you study. On the job training is the name of the game and, provided you can secure a decent apprenticeship, you’ll be able to earn a decent crust and start on your journey up the ladder.

The Power of the Net

The internet is a powerful tool when it comes to forging a place in business. While the days of overnight billionaires online might be long gone, the chance to start a small business (with minimal risk) is still very real.

Ensure your website is easy to use and that your idea is of a high enough quality to garner interest. You’ll have to work a side-job until your website gains steam, But if it’s a hit, you won’t need to worry about studies ever again.

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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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