On Thu, 9 Aug 2018 20:57:01 +0100, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
While I would certainly agree
that going to uni gives _far_ more than just a good grounding for a
career, I feel there should be _some_ attempt to match the numbers of
places on courses to the demand, at least ones that receive a
grant/loan/whatever. I can't see it ever happening, (a) because there
would be an outcry if it were ever even suggested (I expect one from
UMRA), (b) because I imagine any such matching would be nigh impossible.
I shared a flat with a chap who had just started his first proper job in a
bank - on some sort of graduate fast-track I think. His degree was in
aeronautical engineering because he needed to have some sort of degree for
the fast-track programme, from what he told me, the bank didn't much care
what it was. Gliding was one of his hobbies and aeronautical engineering
appealed to him personally so that's what he did.
The daughter of an old school friend of mine also did an engineering degree
(fuel, I think), not because she particularly wanted to work in engineering
but because her mother knew she would easily get a place on a course and
was friends with the boss of a local company who would give her some
work-place experience. I think she was doing ok on the course though her
interest in it as a career, never strong, had definitely waned (not quite
the same thing as mucking around with motorbikes with a bike racer). She
was planning to work on the tech side of the events industry instead
(didn't happen - other events intervened).
Just two examples of needing some leeway on numbers in matching degree
courses to demand.
Yes, there are probably far too many arts graduates but presumably a
university education prepares them for something other than how to deal
with a hangover while trying to meet a deadline.
The worry at the moment is, we've been plugging the gaps in supply of
suitable home-grown graduates by importing them from elsewhere. If that
supply-line is going to be turned off where are the new people going to
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