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  1. bTom
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    Hi,

    What should you know:
    - I'm studying HND electrical engineering at college (2nd year)
    - I'm 19.

    I've really hard times to choose between work or uni so I would like to ask older than me what should I do, here is a few choices:

    1) Go to uni starting from year 1. I already get conditional for second year but it will be really hard for me to get them so I would have to start from year 1.
    If I would go to uni I would have to take an extra student loan because SAAS won't pay for first 2 years which will add £14k to my student loan account and then another £6k for 3 more years.

    After uni I will end up with £27k student loan but with really high chances of getting a good job as an Energy System Engineer.

    2) Go to work with my HND degree and work as an technician with fine wages and quite enjoyable work in electrical fields.

    I didn't really think of something different but If you have any ideas you could share then I will really appreciate.

    Thank for answers.
     
  2. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    if you get HND , it's only just below a degree. if you can find enjoyable work with HND, then that's the way to go.
     
  3. johnboy6083
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    johnboy6083 Band Member Electrician's Arms

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    most jobs will take HND with experience anyway mate.
     
  4. V
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    V Regular EF Member

    work work work i got onc then did most of hnc without experience not much use if you ask me
    when i went for jib grading they didnt seem to want to know about them
     
  5. pmac10
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    agree with tele, finish it and work, if you dont like it a good HND (distinction/merit pattern) should gain you access to year 2 on a degree programme. on the flip side Vince, a jib grading would be of little relevance to your suitability for an HNC/D
     
  6. V
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    V Regular EF Member

    i know mate but this is an electricians forum and many ask about getting a jib gold card and trust me that will **** all over a hnd cert with no experience as i said before, i did the onc and the college said the hnc for free so i tried to fit in. i have never even put it on a cv once
     
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  7. bTom
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    Well that's what I thought.

    I will still wait for more answer and I already talked with careers adviser and she give me a list of all possible places where I could find a really good job with HND degree. I believe that Uni would give me an opportunity to earn much more after period of time but how can I tell if I will get a decent degree ?
     
  8. pmac10
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    pmac10 Guest

    i see exactly what your saying Vince and no disrespect meant to you, but electrician covers a lot of ground on this forum, from cowboy to diy to electronics engineer to jib card holder to electrical engineering student.
    i am just giving advice as ive takin that route into electrical engineering (as the thread title suggests) and would recommend it.. most of the time;)
     
  9. V
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    V Regular EF Member

    ok mate none taken you dont pay me ! this is a forum so everyone can have a say !
     
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