Financial seems to be one of the biggest barriers, and I guess that it depends – if you’re talking about moving away to go to university or remaining, financially both can be an issue but in different ways. I know there are so many people that I speak to, especially mature age, who would love to study and they feel secure in their job, but they want something more. They want to feel that sense of fulfilment from their career but you know, if they cut down their hours at work in order to study, they risk losing their job, or losing their hours
Molly (staff) has worked at a regional campus in careers for four years
Transport and finance can be barriers, for sure. Figuring out the logistics of travelling to and from uni and also the time that will take out of your day and how that will impact study/work (Casey)
Casey is 18-20 from an inner regional area, in 2nd year Nursing fulltime in blended mode. She is from working class background, has a part-time job and is involved in the community
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