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Asked on 17 Dec 2018

Should I skip/forgo University education to get a degree?

I can get into a local University and can afford to pay for the tuition fees fully. I can tell that my dad feels stress working in his current job & he is the sole breadwinner. Should I skip/forgo University education and join the workforce to help ease his burden so that he can retire or switch job?

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Leong Wen Fong
Leong Wen Fong, Community Lead at Seedly
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 26 Dec 2018

I think it really depends on the area of study you plan to go into. However, I would say that generally a degree gives you a certain level of safety net that a diploma would not usually offer.

Also, it's best that you do it now, whil you still have the time and finances to study. Wanting to upgrade yourself later in life can feel harder than it actually sounds.

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Yong Kah Hwee
Yong Kah Hwee
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 17 Dec 2018

Nope. You should not. Why not just take a student loan first, while using the money you currently have to help out your dad first? In my opinion, having a degree opens a lot of doors for you. Your salary increases much faster. Education is a worthy investment.

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Bang Hong
Bang Hong
Level 6. Master
Answered on 17 Dec 2018

On my personal experience, no you should not.

Because in today's context, a degree can pay more on starting salary and long term wise it is definietely worth it.

On average, it takes 3-5 years to breakeven. I shall not do the maths here but that's the general average you are looking at.

If you are cash-tight, do something that can earn money. I started Internship on my University year 1 and the company hired me to continue my internship job scope on a global level. On average monthly I can earn $1k+ , not alot, but enough to cover all my expenses without asking for money from parents. On overseas assignment months I can earn $2-3k including overseas allowance.

In conclusion, do go for degree studies, you will ease his burden for sure!

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Yixiong Chang
Yixiong Chang
Level 7. Grand Master
Updated on 17 Dec 2018

No u shouldn't. Get into local university, do well, get a good degree. It will pay off more times over if u join the workforce now. Then u can give your dad and family a much better life later. You can try taking some part time work or give tuition so that at least u can provide your own pocket money.

Jiayou!

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Jeff Yeo
Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 24 Dec 2018

No

why not not take up part time jobs on weekdays nights or weekends to help the family instead ?

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