You don’t have to go to university to have a successful career as an actuary. We weigh up school leaver schemes vs university to help you decide which is best for you. There are a few actuarial firms take people straight out of school on their school leaver schemes. This means that you can start a career straight away without the cost of being a student. But is it the right move for you?

With so much media coverage about jobs, job prospects, student loans and everything in between, it can be hard to know which the best route is for you; a school leaver scheme, or university. The truth is, there are advantages and disadvantages to which ever path you choose, which is why we’ve come up with a comparison of the benefits of each to help you decide which is right for you.



Whatever you decide to do, the jobs market is a competitive place. While it’s true that the number of graduates hired by organisations in the Times Top 100 has fallen in recent years, joining a school leaver scheme is not the easy option. Companies look for high achievers – most ask for the equivalent of ABB at A level and at least a B in GCSE Maths and English.

So whichever you choose, you will have to do everything you can to maximise your chances of getting your spot on that all important scheme, be it graduate or school leaver. We hope our school leaver schemes vs university infographic was useful; Take a look at our careers advice for more information on writing CV’s, the application process and more.

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