Post-secondary education in Australia works a little different then in America. After you finish high school, you can go to university to complete a degree in your chosen career field (e.g. if you wanted to be a lawyer, you can enrol in a Bachelor of Laws straight from high school - 5 years later you're ready to pass our version of the bar exam - no law school or extra education) I went to university straight out of high school, as to be a teacher in Australia you need at least a bachelor of education. We also have the benefit of the government paying our university fees and then we pay them back as extra tax each pay period (I pay an extra $200 tax a month that pays off my uni fees). My 2 degrees (Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts) also "only" cost me $25,000. I only went to uni because I had to for the job I wanted. I wasted 5 years, sitting around not trying very hard, drinking coffee and getting drunk on Thursday and Friday afternoons. I see a lot of the kids I teach though wanting to go to university for the sake of going to university, in order to study things like IT and Real Estate. I have said to many of them that they're wasting their time, that they would be better off getting a job in the industry, getting real life experience, and studying at TAFE (technical college in Australia - the highest qualification you can get at TAFE is a diploma) Would I go back to uni - in a heart beat, only this time to actually get something of value out of my education, rather then two useless pieces of paper.