Hmm, fair points.
It's seems rather worrying now that so many students set University as a default after 6th Form/College. I went to the Cardiff University Medical Graduation last year and there were easily over 200 graduates in there, yet they will all find out that it's near enough impossible to get a job as a nurse at the moment.
I also question how useful a degree is; well it is useful to get you a job but then is it just a nice word that makes it sound like you know a lot? If I take nursing as an example again, if we rewind back to 30+ years ago if you wanted to become a nurse you would have to learn all the physical aspects of the job in medical school, now as long as you have a degree you could get a job in that field. Nurses these days do learn the physical aspects of the job but know more about the text book stuff. Both my parents have mentored student nurses and they have said they are getting worse as the years go by, my mother told me that before they become qualified they base everything on what they’ve read in textbooks and then are shocked when they face the harsh reality of what you come across working for the NHS.
I think it’s only a matter of time before Masters Degrees become the norm and then PHDs; it seems to be the cycle of education. Getting a job is so hard these days, I do worry if I will get in the job I want when I’m older, competition is so high out there. I suppose as long as you have a degree you will be at a slight advantage to those who have not.
In other university news, Bristol are being VERY slow at responding. ¬_¬
Tell me about it, I had an acknowledgement from them in December and had nothing since. I wish they'd hurry up, I want to know if they want to offer me a place or not. :P