Go­ing to uni is not the be- all, end- all

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

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

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