Young people are made to make extraordinary decisions at a very young age.
The decision to go to university is a big deal deal. It’s not something that should be looked at lightly.
In Australia where I am from it is fairly easy to change your degree once you are in it. But again you want to make sure that you end up graduating in what you what to do.
For the rest of your life people will judge you and prod and poke you in a certain direction based on your qualifications.
It is no good to stop and say “I did not really want to do that”.
For me I changed my degree twice and still ended up really disliking a lot of it. But it was too late because I was already locked in.
When we enter into an undergraduate program we are very rarely educated about the cost of that degree.
It is not even really a factor that is taken into consideration for many youngsters.
This presents a bit of a problem because once you have graduated one of the first things you become aware of is the cost.
It is not a huge deal in Australia because we have a very good repayment scheme here. However it would just be nice to be fully aware of everything involved when you start out.
It is seen as a given in Australia that you should enter straight into university. It is a huge decision that many teenagers make without really giving it the type of thought it needs.
Basically the way things are many Australians in their mid teen years are expected to be making some serious decisions.
But how can anyone this age possible know what they should do? Is it just a gut feel that we fall into a certain type of career? Or does society just steer us in that direction? As if we’re on autopilot?
These are the questions that need to be asked. There are many people in their late twenties who are thinking they would have done things in the last ten years completely differently.
It is just assumed that if you get good marks in high school you go to university. Getting good marks and not going to university is just something no one does.
The main thing that gets me now is just the magnitude of the decision people in their mid to late teens have to make.
A lot of the time a lot of us aren’t even presented with the full range of options. What about joining the army? What about trades?
I agree that when we are very young we tend to just follow our gut feeling. Young people are very good at following their instincts.
At the same time it just seems as if the focus when you are that age should be more about thinking about what you want to do after school than just getting an education.
A lot of young people are not fully aware of the different options available to them.
Of course you live and learn and you can only know about certain things through real experience.
At the same time I think that some more explanation rather than gut feelings alone would be rather useful.
It is also worth noting that at that age we do not necessarily have an accurate view of ourselves.
We might think we are better at something than we really are. People have all sorts of problems in their teenage years- it’s a tough time.
Again you live and learn and we often learn the hard way. It would just be nice to know what we really should be focusing on at that young, crucial age.