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1. Posted by jen09 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

hi guys!!!! im from ireland and i have an opportunity to study nursing in london in april but am beetween two minds whether to go travelling to australia for a year first and defer my course (its a 3 year course) or just go to college first and then go travelling!!!!!!!!!!!!! any advice????????????!!!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

Nursing is a highly in demand skill in Australia, and you'd have a much easier time of it on your WHV (making quite a bit more money than with regular backpacker jobs) if you could work as a nurse while there.

I personally finished my studies before I went travelling. It was really hard to finish those studies because I wanted to be away so badly - but I stuck it out, and I'm really glad I did, as it gave me the background which has helped smooth my path ever since, and I don't think I could've gone back to studying once having tasted the freedom of long-term travelling.

So, if you think you could stick out those three years without too many problems, then yes, I think I would recommend doing that first, and travelling afterward. (Though of course there's no reason you can't go backpack Europe during the summers or something.)

3. Posted by can-hawaii (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

COLLEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I usually dont ever post stuff on these sites, was looking around for tips on an upcoming new zealand trip, saw this thread and want to stop you from making a big mistake! I couldnt help it!!! Definately definately college. I did college first and like the other post, could not have made a better decision. Especially with nursing, I am in healthcare and there is so much opportunity to do travel nursing its unbelievable. I was so jealous of my friends at the time when I was in school because they were all out having fun. Its been a few years and I have finished school and am doing all this travelling while they are all in school now, wishing they had done it sooner cause they are older mature students and missed the whole college experience. Not fun going to school with a bunch of kids. Plus doing healthcare I got to travel around the US and live in Hawaii through healthcare work and have my accomodations paid for by travel companies. So meanwhile my friends got to stay in dirty hostels and not shower everyday, I have my living paid for and stay in nice apartments all for free. Trust me, if you finish your nursing first, you not only will be able to go to australia, but stay longer or maybe the same amount of time but working in what you went to school for, get good nursing experience and make double what your friends are making now over there working at some farm or whatever. you will most definately not regret getting your nursing first, but possibly regret having to start a year later hence finish a year later. College!!! Good luck whatever you choose.

4. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Quoting can-hawaii

COLLEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I usually dont ever post stuff on these sites, was looking around for tips on an upcoming new zealand trip, saw this thread and want to stop you from making a big mistake! I couldnt help it!!! Definately definately college. I did college first and like the other post, could not have made a better decision. Especially with nursing, I am in healthcare and there is so much opportunity to do travel nursing its unbelievable. I was so jealous of my friends at the time when I was in school because they were all out having fun. Its been a few years and I have finished school and am doing all this travelling while they are all in school now, wishing they had done it sooner cause they are older mature students and missed the whole college experience. Not fun going to school with a bunch of kids. Plus doing healthcare I got to travel around the US and live in Hawaii through healthcare work and have my accomodations paid for by travel companies. So meanwhile my friends got to stay in dirty hostels and not shower everyday, I have my living paid for and stay in nice apartments all for free. Trust me, if you finish your nursing first, you not only will be able to go to australia, but stay longer or maybe the same amount of time but working in what you went to school for, get good nursing experience and make double what your friends are making now over there working at some farm or whatever. you will most definately not regret getting your nursing first, but possibly regret having to start a year later hence finish a year later. College!!! Good luck whatever you choose.

With respect, it is only one year. Most people in the US don't finish until they are 21 or 22, so she would still be on pace to finish with most of her peers. Though it could be different in Europe.

I am of two minds on this. If you are the type that can just keep chugging along, stick with school. Or if you are the type that might have trouble going back to school after being out (my situation was like this), keep going to school.

If you feel like you need a break, take one!

I like the idea of traveling at different stages in my life. Many people are envious of me for traveling at 24, but they are working on careers, while I will be bouncing around for a while. Their philosophy is that they can do all the traveling they want when they are retired. As I stated before, you are in a great spot that you can do it all different ways. Try traveling as a broke student, then as a newly established nurse, throughout your career, and then again when you retire. Your goals will be different most likely, and you will have more of an experience over the course of your life.

But I don't see this being a mistake either way you go with it, as long as you can afford to do them both, and doing the one won't jeopordize your ability to do the other. Meaning travel in lieu of school or vice versa. Then it takes a LOT more thought.

  • edit* Also, I wanted to add that things may come up in your future that could prevent you from traveling. Maybe you will get into a relationship and not want to leave, maybe you will get pregnant (never know!), etc. There are always a million reasons NOT to go. If you are in the position that it has no consequences outside delaying school for one year, I say take the trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jan-2009, at 16:19 by Danielsw25 ]

5. Posted by jen09 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

i am 21 at the moment so if i did go to oz we'll say june of this year id b 22 coming back/starting college. i get whats ppl are sayin about not being able to get back into the study thing but im the kind of person whod have no problem with that as ive done it before with taking a year out to work twice!!!!!! now im workin again to save a bit. theres absolutely nothing to stop me from goin to oz rite now like relationships, children etc. ive researched study in oz but it would cost close to €6000 per year to do so thats a no go unless i win the lottery or somethin!!!!! id like to see a bit of the world as i feel bogged down in a job and a small town where everyone knows everyone!!!! i think ive a lot of thinkin to do

6. Posted by H.KING (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

i reckon if i go to college then ill never go travelling, and i dont wanna be one of those people who says i wish i had, id rather do it innit

7. Posted by richdarich (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

I am in a similar position myself but I am currently at uni and I want to go backpacking in Oz but friends and parents dont want me to because they think that I will love it so much in Oz that I will prob not finish my studies and aim everything at Oz or travelling... They reckon I should finish my last year and then go travelling and not have to worry... but I think I will be going travelling due to the urge that I have to do it! Most nights I stay up late reading blogs and looking at pics of people that have done it and I will def be going this summer for a year :D no doubt!

8. Posted by jen09 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

i think ive made up my mind to go travelling to oz!!!!! i feel as if ill regret it if i dont go now and hey im young i have so much time to go to college n do everyting i want to!!!:):):)

9. Posted by lilcammie (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

I think that if you've already started your studies, dont go travelling, cos you wont go back to school.....but if you haven't started yet - GO!! I went travelling in Oz for 8 months before I started college, and I dont regret one second!
I'm pretty sure you'll be alot more motivated to study after a year off travelling beautiful aussie!