Depends- DSD wants to be something very specific and will require uni.
DSS doesn't suit schooling so depends on what he wants.
DD is only 6 months but am hoping for uni, but happy as long as she is happy.
I had some big gaps between classes. One of my classes had only a few interested students but we REALLY needed it for what we wanted, so the lecturer arranged a 6am class. Next class was 11am.
I am not a morning person, so that 6am class was damn hard and I would spend 9-10.30 caffeinating.
Also I worked nights and spent all free time outside uni studying. So my breaks between classes were the ONLY socialisation I got, and I damn sure made use of it!
Several of my degree free friends, especially those in advertising and I.T. earn a lot more than me - I graduated 1992 and have worked as a veterinarian since then. I am well under a three-figure salary. In fact, I earn less than my teaching friends even though I work a 40 hour week, and they graduated less than a decade ago. I certainly will discourage anyone from entering veterinary science if their goals are financial at all!!
As far as Uni goes, and remembering it was a long time ago for me, it was busy! Vet students have a long contact week. I was only 17 when I started, and as such I was very very immature I think a gap year would have done me the world of good. As it is, only twice in my entire career have I ever taken more than a week to 10 days of holidays at once - my honeymoon and maternity leave.
So is Uni a waste of time? Difficult question to answer, but I will not be insisting that my son attends unless he has a career plan that will strongly and directly benefit from it.
All I want for my kids is to be happy whether that includes, university, TAFE, trade or general employment in a job that they love. That goes for everyone in the world, different strokes for different folks!!
I will say though, I am completely biased towards university although I think it may be attributed to my upbringing.
I became pregnant at a young age and was a stay at home mum for 9 years. I am just over half way in my uni degree and outside of my family, its the best thing that's ever happened to me. Not only am I working towards to job of my dreams I have been exposed to things I never even dreamed of. I have met people from all over the world. My perceptions on issues have changed and I feel that I am a kinder more compassionate person. I have grown so much and am so grateful that I got to experience it. However my uni experiences do not involve socialising, partying and drinking. Studying full time with three kids, a two hour commute, tons of placement and a competitive field I don't even get a glimpse of that side of things!!
I went to uni for 4.5 years (teacher), yet my hubby dropped out of school in Year 10 and got an apprenticeship, He makes double what I earn and loves his job!!
So no, I don't think you need to go to university!
I think it all comes down to what you want to do. My daughter wants to be a doctor so she will have to. My eldest son wants to be a builder so probably not for him. My 4yo wants to be a dinosaur so who knows where he will end up.
My husband didn't even finish school and earns more than any of my degree holding friends. It would have been a waste for me to go when I was younger and wasn't sure what I wanted to do. The career path I now want requires uni so yes, I will have to.
Skills! That's a must, not going to an institution! I'd teach my kids to enhance their skills more than degrees and certificates.
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