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    Default Have you ever quit a course mid way through?

    I'm about halfway through a course i'm really not enjoying it and i'm fairly certain i don't want to work in the industry either. I'm fairly confident that i want to pursue a different course and career but what i'm really struggling with is whether i should just try and see out the current course despite how much it depresses me. This involves dealing with nasty teachers, completing assignments of little interests to me and completing another 6 weeks of prac, which creates childcare issues and the likes as well.
    If i do drop out now i still have about $20k in HELP debt.

    I'm really torn. I'd like to finish the course because: 1. I've paid for it. 2. It will be my highest level of qualification. 3. I might regret not doing so.
    I don't want to finish it mainly because it depresses me, i'm really unmotivated and sick of the nastiness.

    If you've been in this situation, what did you do? Did you regret it later on?

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    Maybe you could transfer to another course and earn some credits from the subjects you have already completed? Sounds like you might be studying a Bachelor or Ed? I graduated in 2011, your welcome to PM me if you like?

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    Not quite halfway through but yep I've changed courses for the same reason you're saying. I don't see the point in doing a course that depresses me and that I may never use compared to doing a course ill love and get a career from.


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    Yerp. Twice... I don't so much regret quitting as I regret starting.

    *though from both the help debt combined is well less than that. So I can imagine it's a much harder decision. Though I don't really regret the experience of going to uni even if I didn't get a qualification out of it. I do regret naively believing I could finish a different course at home. I'm so not organised or self disciplined enough. So I regret that I did heaps on it but never completed any single unit. *palm face *

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    Yep I did! I burnt out hugely after starting a diploma. My advice is try and transfer to another course that has almost identical units and an extra obe or two on top, that way you still get a qual and you have a recognition and transcript. I did this, I got a Cert Iv instead.

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    Yes I started my diploma of justice twice and dropped out at the same stage of the course twice lol mind u I was just out of school with no idea what I wanted to do with my life and going off the rails. I really only chose to do the course cause my best friend at the time was doing it ( she also dropped out twice and now 5 years later is doing it for a third time! )

    The units I passed while doing it though transferred over when I did my teachers aide course 2 years ago so that was handy.
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    I started 4 different university degrees within 12 months.

    The 4th degree (the one I stuck with) I loved, and completed it within 2.5 years when it was a 3 year program.

    I have friends who still struggling their way through their 5th and 6th years of their 3 year degree (no job or kids/family either) simply because they don't enjoy/aren't interested in what they're studying but don't want to quit for similar reasons to you. That said I don't think they'll ever get their degrees because they simply don't have the motivation to actually pass the subjects (due to not enjoying it and disinterest), so personally I think struggling on is a greater waste of time and money.

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    Can you try and use the subjects as electives for another degree? I started out doing a straight bachelor of psychology and realised more than halfway through that I actually hated it, but had already completed too many subjects to pull out (IMO), so I changed to Social Science and added psychology as a major, then added another major so that I was doing a double major (which meant I could do something that I actually had an interest in).

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    I should also add that I don't think it's too late to change courses. My sister completed her degree and then went back to uni to do an entirely different degree. If she had of pulled out halfway through the first one, she would have saved time and money. She will have two degrees at the end, but will never use one of them, so it doesn't really matter.

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    I stuck it out for a masters course....i hated it, i hated the lecturers, the uni and most of the fellow rich kid students....the main lecturer talked me into staying....seven years later i still regret STARTING it, i dont regret finishing it cos it was a big achievement, but it came at a high personal cost at he time...if u are certain then i would leave it.

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