Only a third see university as best path into a career, research finds

17 September 2018, 07:40 | Updated: 17 September 2018, 07:41

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Only a third of Scots believe university remains the best option for career prospects despite the costs, a new survey suggests.

YouGov research for the Bank of Scotland found 33% of those surveyed believe university is the best career path, down from two in five (38%) last year.

The proportion of people who feel on-the-job training or an apprenticeship offers the best career prospects rose from 29% to 32%.

Meanwhile, one in 10 Scots said they believe a university education is no longer financially viable.

Of those respondents heading off to university, more than half (58%) said they have enough money for their higher education, while 35% said they will need to find more.

The most popular source of funds is student loans (45%), followed by part-time work (30%) and savings (25%).

Only 15% of those heading to university said they have a partner, family member or friend who will support them financially.

Ricky Diggins, director at Bank of Scotland, said: "While most young Scots still believe that a university education offers them the best career prospects, it's clear that a growing number are considering the wider range of options available, including less traditional routes into the workplace.

"For those who are heading off to university, managing their finances can be a big challenge.

"Therefore it's encouraging to see that a significant majority of Scottish students believe that they have access to the funds they need to complete their studies."

YouGov surveyed 3,039 adults online between December 19 and January 4.