I haven't read many responses, but my two cents is - yes, it's important if you know that the career you are aiming for requires a university degree.
I do not think university is important for those who have no solid plan on what career they are aiming for (for example, the many young folk who leave high school and go straight to uni to to an arts degree). If you are not driven to achieve a certain job, then I think the chances of dropping out mid-way through the degree, or simply not putting your achievements into practical terms, are high.
I must say I'm quite partial to a trade, and would recommend this to a lot of young people who feel that uni isn't for them.
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23-08-2016 07:50 #63Senior Member
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My grandad worked in a very low income job that he loved...my grandparents lived week for week because of that. He retired, and missed his job so much he went back to it after three months and continued to work for another 15 years post retirement 😂 I hope my kids enjoy their work that much.
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23-08-2016 07:58 #64
Dh has been a high income earner and a mid income earner and low income earner over the years and happiness has come from less financial struggle that's for sure. We've been alot happier being in the middle to high financial bracket.
It is important to be happy in your work though, I couldn't do a job I didn't like nor could dh.
23-08-2016 08:03 #65
I have 2 cousins in the arts, 1 successful artist, 1 very successful in performing arts. Both have degrees and needed to use them to earn a living before they became successful enough in their art (in their 40's) to earn a living.
If one of my children wanted to be an artist or performer I would encourage some sort of qualification first so they don't have to struggle their whole lives.
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23-08-2016 08:12 #66Senior Member
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I struggled with maturity, couldn't grasp not calling lecturers and tutors 'sir' or 'miss'. I knew I loved what I wanted to study - but never really thought about the careers that I could get with that degree.
A gap year or starting kindy when I was 5.5, finishing school at 18.5, would have made the world of difference and I would have thought more carefully about what I wanted to do with my life.
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23-08-2016 11:13 #68
My kids are in Kindy and year 1, so these decisions seem a lifetime away, but no, I don't think Uni is essential to having a good career. I left school in year 10 and did a diploma in admin. I was earning more than my husband who has a degree when we met LOL.
I think having some qualification is important, but whether that is a Uni degree, apprenticeship or diploma will depend on what the kids have in mind for their careers. I certainly want more for them than working at the local Coles or fast food joint, but won't be pushing for them to do Uni over a trade if they want to go that way.
Things may change in the next 10 years to alter that view, but right now, often tradies are making more $$ than people with degree based jobs without all the HECS debt.
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23-08-2016 15:30 #70
It really depends on what career you want. It's non negotiable for a variety of professions. Even though, for many, it's just a piece of paper and the 'real' learning starts on the job.
I think there was far too much emphasis on going to uni when I was at school. Like if you didn't go to uni at 17 (when we finished high school) you would miss out forever. Which is not the case, I think alternate pathways to uni (ie work first in the industry, see if you like it before committing to a 4 year degree etc) should be emphasised more to school leavers.
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