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Get a degree or get a job?

Last updated 09:25 20/08/2013
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HARD WORK: A double degree or even a masters may not be enough for university students to break into their chosen fields.

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Unemployment in New Zealand hit a 13-year high last year at 7.3 per cent and remains up over 6 per cent. Many Kiwis are asking themselves - what's the best way to get a job here?

Many young people spend years getting higher education at universities and polytechnics, but they're often left with large loans and a lack of opportunities for cracking in to the job market with no experience.

On the other hand, those who head straight in to work and train on the job gain valuable experience, but can find themselves facing lower wages than those with degrees in the long run.

How did you get in to work and what do you think is the best way for our young people to get jobs and contribute to the economy? Are students wasting their time or do we need higher education to advance our nation? 

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