There is such a lot of talk these days about the need for further education, going to university seems to be the be all and end all of the upper school education system. Sometimes there are good reasons why not to take up a university place – maybe an apprenticeship opportunity comes along – that offers first class on the job training and a small paypacket. After the 5 or 7 years, the candidate becomes a proud and fully trained motor mechanic, plumber or other vital trade.
As with all of life’s conundrums, careful thought has to be given to the benefits that might come from a specific career focused degree course. For example, nursing – at one time a student nurse did training in the nursing school, then weeks on the ward and then back to the school for finals. They were paid as working student nurses. All these career based courses rely on continual top up training, usually online to keep development going.