I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, ‘I didn’t bother going to college and I did alright for myself’, and maybe they have. But a qualification demonstrates you have been taught how to learn, and a good education makes a potentially more productive and adaptable employee.
Choose carefully and look closely at the specific department you want to study with. Just because they have an outstanding Sports Department doesn’t necessarily mean they have an outstanding Horticulture Department.
No course is taught in exactly the same way everywhere.
Visit the college or university, attend open and taster days, speak to current students and teachers, and find reviews on the college or university. Be prepared to travel or move to an education establishment which has a strong reputation.
Have realistic expectations about the course, it won’t teach you everything. It’s a foundation to be built upon giving you the fundamental principles of the subject and teaching you research skills. A good course will enable you to adapt those fundamentals when you come across a new challenge, product or process.
The value of an educated member of staff, is not that they know it all, but they have the ability to teach more concisely.