Are uni degrees overrated?

With the mining boom in fully swing tradespeople are earning more than university graduates, and some education experts are questioning whether tertiary study is ‘grossly overrated’.  

The Financial Review reports applications for vocational degrees have reached record highs, and first year tradespeople have inched ahead of university graduates in their earning power.

According to the Courier-Mail National Centre for Vocational Education Research puts first year apprentice earnings at $52,000 a year, ahead of average university graduates at $50,000.

The NCVER led a debate on the value of university education in Adelaide yesterday, asking panellists whether university education was ‘grossly overrated’.

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