In this Hard Stuff episode, Nigel Latta asks whether assumptions about the desirability of getting a university degree make sense. Latta quizzes Auckland University Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon about the upside of degrees, and compares his time as a university student in the 1980s with those in the 2000s, who face years of debt repayment in exchange for their qualifications. A degree is the "last" thing entrepreneur Ian Taylor looks for in job applicants; for composer Karl Steven, studying philosophy was its own reward. Latta also meets Julius Bloem, whose passion for cars earned him a house in his 20s.
I think parents are conditioned to believe that university is going to provide the best for their children, and they obviously want the best for their children. So they will I guess, will pressure their sons and daughters into going to university.– Entrepreneur Jake Millar on the pressure to go to university
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NZ Government information on NEET learning schemes for youngpeople
Article measuring university degrees and trades, The NZ Herald, December 2017
Another article comparing uni degrees and the trades, Stuff, September 2022