The commitment you show by finishing a degree is just as important as what you learn during your studies, local high school students have heard.
Three local business leaders spoke to the students at a recent open day at the Murray River Study Hub in Murray Bridge.
We All Count's Shaun Williams, Commshake's Courtney Blacker and Kookaburra Homes' Steve Walker all said they hired new staff based on their work ethic, personality and ability to hold a conversation more so than any career-specific skills.
But all said they valued a university degree as proof of an applicant's commitment.
"If you have a uni degree ... that means you know how to do something and stick to something," Mr Walker said.
He had never had a chance to finish high school or take up further study, he said; those were things he wanted his children to achieve.
Ms Blacker said having a degree had increased her earning capacity - within years she found herself making twice as much money as less-qualified peers.
The trio also advised the high schoolers to take the time to personalise job applications, always write cover letters, and to stay focused on getting a job as they considered whether, or what, to study.
The Murray River Study Hub offers free support to all tertiary students living in the Murraylands, including careers advice, connections with local businesses and a quiet, modern space to complete work.
The hub was developed to help locals succeed at studying online, rather than having to move to Adelaide or elsewhere.
- More information: murrayriverstudyhub.org.au.