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Tafe vs University, which one is better?

Tafe vs University, which one is better? The age old question. Growing up, I’ve always been taught that uni is the only pathway that’ll get you where you want to go in life. Evidently, this was a lie, a myth, some kind of blind fold thrown over every other educational pathway you can use. We ask ourselves why? Why must we consider one option and not the other?

I had come from an incredibly conservative background, where my parents had raised me to study hard, so that I could one day be accepted into a uni where i could… make something of myself? 

So Tafe vs University, which one is better?

Misinformed, it was not until after entering university I realised what great opportunities lie beyond it’s not-so glistening gates. First off, you need to know EXACTLY what you want to do before you get there (most of us don’t even know what we’re having for dinner tonight) let alone be able to make a journey that’ll end up keeping us occupied for the rest of our lives. No pressure right? Uni is a huge wake up call in terms of the transition process from highschool. In high school ,teachers usually care about your education performance, and can even pull you up when you’re not doing well. You can absolutely forget all that one you enter uni. Uni teachers are a different kind of breed of teachers… you are expected to know everything straight away, and be able to do things independently, which can be a huge shock. So it’s best to try and keep on top of your workload, and attend lectures and classes as often as possible because let’s face it, If you decide to wing it, I learnt the hard way that it doesn’t always work out. 

Uni does have some upsides though. Lots of cool fun engagement events, clubs you can join, lots of student support services and even lots of cool spaces to hang out at! Plus, lots of hands on learning experiences throughout your degree, and even some fun collaborative group tasks where you get to meet lots of people! 

A year and a half into my first degree and $15,000 worth of student debt, I decided that it wasn’t for me. So I took a bit of time off and re-evaluated my decisions… I worked 4 days a week for a few months trying to gather up some cash. It worked for a while, but then I realised how much I wanted to go back and give it another go, so I enrolled in something else. The moral of the university “fairytale” is that, you should only really be enrolling if you are 100% SET on a vision for yourself. Please, do not bother with uni if you are tossing up between a few different courses, and I suggest you visit the TAFE website, and see what kind of diplomas/certs they have on offer!

TAFE is a great way to get the ball rolling and spark up any interest you think you might have, and hey, you’re saving a whole lot of money whilst at it! TAFE also has great flexibility, and gives you great study options if working part time is just as important as studying to you. I wish I knew more about TAFE options when I was at highschool, because it definitely would’ve made it more appealing for me! TAFE also offers pathways into uni, so if you’re stressing that you didn’t get the marks, or that you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to one career pathway, then I would definitely recommend TAFE!

So all in all, it really does depend on what your looking at doing with your life beyond highschool and if one option doesn’t fit you, please don’t hesitate to go the other way with a different option!

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Author: Sim K


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