Do you know what you want to do with the rest of your life? Ed Sheeran has some advice that parents and young people alike should heed.
Finishing school and deciding what to do next can be incredibly stressful. Many teens may feel pressure from their teachers or their parents to get good grades and further their education, but what happens if you don’t know what you want to study?
Sheeran has topped the charts thanks to his singing and songwriting abilities, and he recently added to his accolades when he was awarded an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk for his “outstanding contribution to music”, Belfast Telegraph reports.
Speaking of furthering education during an interview, Sheeran had powerful advice for teens.
“I think there is a lot of pressure among young people”, Sheeran began. “I definitely found when I was at school it was pretty much you do your GCSE, you do your A levels, you go to university and then find a job. And then you work out what you want to do”.
The problem with this line of thinking is that some people end up getting a degree in something which they really don’t want to do for the rest of their lives.
“I think we should encourage young kids to not feel as much pressure, and I think if you don’t know what you want to do, then hold off for a couple of years, go travelling, find yourself”, Sheeran said. “But if you do know what you want to do and it involves university, then go to university”.
Sheeran then went on to explain how he feels there’s a lot of “pressure on kids to go to university”, and they then end up with a degree which they didn’t really want or need to get the job they want.
“I think we should encourage kids to just chill a bit more”, Sheeran concluded.
His comments make a lot of sense. How many of us, at 18 years old, have our whole lives and career paths mapped out? You can learn a lot about yourself through travel and work, which isn’t to say university is a bad thing — it’s just to say it’s not the only thing.
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