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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Poppy View Post
    This is what I was told last year.
    There is so much competition out there now compared to a few years ago (at least where I live) that having a cert 3 is nothing I need at least a Diploma.

    Since I have been working (16years) people where happy to train you in the job now you need to have study behind you.
    I dont think Uni is the most important thing but I wouldnt be surprised if by the time my kids are older they will need to go to Uni to get a job
    Either that or HECS will increase to the point that degrees become too expensive for the average person so it will swing back to on the job training - which wouldn't be a bad thing!
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    Don't worry about it. I never worked at uni between lectures/tuts...so I would have looked like I was doing nothing but socialising. But, I averaged spending 60 hours a week studying for my degree, more than half of my marks were HD's, and I graduated with distinction. I don't think what people do at uni is representative of the effort it takes to obtain a uni degree. I'm positive most people know that you have to put in decent effort to obtain a degree. If it was as easy as socialising and wasting time, more people would have degrees. Congrats to your daughter on her great marks ������
    I was just going to say similar.

    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!

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    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.

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    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!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waggers70 View Post
    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.
    I once asked a work experience kid why they wanted to be a vet. I possibly was a little rude when they told me it was for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    I once asked a work experience kid why they wanted to be a vet. I possibly was a little rude when they told me it was for the money.
    Wow!

    Just like some students who study teaching for the 9-3 hours or school holidays

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    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!

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    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.

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    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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