EZRA Lonergan hates the pressure put on students to get into a university degree course.
She has qualified for entry into a health and rehabilitation science course at Charles Sturt University but decided on a diesel mechanic apprenticeship at Twin City Truck Centre instead.
“There’s too much emphasis placed on uni,” the 18-year-old from Sandy Creek said.
“As a society, you think that’s what you need to do, get a degree but there are obviously heaps of other things people can do.”
The former Catholic College Wodonga student only started her new job last Monday but said she was already developing a skill set she’ll have for life.
Over the next three years, while Ezra’s friends are sitting in university lectures, she will be learning on the job and being paid for it.
Within four years, she’ll be fully qualified.
“I’m learning hands-on rather than sitting there being told what to do, I’m putting it into practise,” Ezra said.