Still don't know what you want to do with your life? You're not the only one. Creative-minds, in particular, often question the merits of going to university and for good reason. We look at why more students are choosing the freelance life over a university education and what you should consider before making your mind up.

Is uni relevant to me?

Not a day goes by without an article riffing on the lack of jobs for recent graduates, students in crippling debt or the merits of going to university. In our world of creative freelancers, it's a particularly difficult decision, as a university education often doesn't play a big role in our future. This, however, greatly depends on the path you choose and the sector you wish to work in. 

The Freelancer Club specialises in helping photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion stylists, videographers, models and nail artists. Within these sectors, very few employees will look at a CV and 3 years of higher level education is excessive. Of course, you must be trained to a high level but it is typically your portfolio of work that will determine whether you land the job or not. 

What are the alternatives?

More students are choosing to take short courses in a specific area with the goal of setting up their own freelance business after that. It's far cheaper than university, quicker and you'll learn the skills that you need in your chosen field. 

We're also finding that many future freelancers are teaching themselves the skills needed to start a freelance career online. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of creative minds learning not only the practical skills required online but also the business skills. Our sister company, Freelance Academy, for instance, is helping freelancers learn the business side of freelancing from as little as £14.50 per month! It's tailored to freelancers and provides students with the exact information one needs to succeed as a business minded freelancer. 

The downside of jumping straight into work from school or college is that you'll go into full-time employment without much of a break. This is preferable for some whilst others embrace the social aspect of university and the connections one makes whilst studying at a higher level. 

Should I go Freelance?

If you are passionate about what you do and would like to take control of your career then freelancing is a great option. Not only does freelancing allow you to pursue your passion but it provides a work-life balance that most employees can only dream of. The world of work is transforming from an industrial era of full time 'factory' workers to a flexible, creative, digital model. Freelancing is on the rise and companies are embracing this. 

To see if you're suitable to the freelance life, we're offering 50% off a one hour Mentor session to speak with an expert about your future. Use voucher code: iFreelance at checkout