Your future doesn’t depend on UCAS

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20 January 2014 / Be the first to comment

It’s that time of year again when thousands of young people put the final touches on their UCAS applications, hold their breath and hit ‘send’. Then they anxiously wait for weeks until their ‘life-altering’ results come through.

My son went through this process last year. I’ll never forget his panicked face as he said, ‘What if I don’t get any offers?’

I joked that he could always live at home forever with his mum and me, and apparently my humour was ill-timed as it presented his worst nightmare come true.

To him, no university meant no life, no future and no chance of ever establishing a life away from his parents, which is a lot of pressure for a 17 year-old.

Throughout his schooling, his teachers enforced that a happy, successful life starts by going to university. With good grades and a good degree under the belt, the job offers and cash would flow in effortlessly.

Luckily for him, I was around to challenge that notion as I didn’t go to uni. 

It’s the sad truth that almost a million young people are unemployed in this country, and a chunk of those are university graduates. It disproves the notion that a degree equals job security.

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