Going to uni is not the be- all, end- all
AS a parent, I am very concerned about the number of young people being encouraged to go to university to obtain a degree. Believe me, it is not the be- all and end- all. Government has pushed this idea but did not foresee that the jobs would not be there for them.
Our son did A- Levels, a Foundation Course, then went to UAL Chelsea, where he obtained a 2: 1 with Honours in Graphic Design. He also won two D& AD awards.
He managed to get a job in London but unfortunately, after around 12 months, the company ceased trading. He then decided this year, to return home to Worcestershire.
Since then he has applied for lots of graphic designer jobs in Birmingham and the surrounding area but to no avail.
He apparently has not got enough experience but how is he supposed to get this?
It has really knocked his confidence and he now feels that it has been a waste of time, when there are not jobs commensurate with his qualifications.
I know that he is not the only person in this position; there are a lot of other young people out there in a similar situation.
So please parents and young people, perhaps think of apprenticeships first before university because the country is now crying out for tradespeople. Name and address supplied