Over the years, as more institutions have gained university status, and student loans have become available to all, schools have encouraged greater numbers of young people to go for degrees without really spelling out the cost. It's not in question that we need a more educated society, but are young people really getting the best advice?
Let's face it; it's not a hard sell to encourage an eighteen year old to leave home and live with mates, not worry about getting a job for three or four years and get cheap beer at the student union bar. A facile interpretation perhaps - of course there's a tad of studying to be done, and a careful balance to make ends meet, then the rewards will be worth it in the end. Or will they? For many families, the price of university education can go on for many years after graduation, both socially and financially.
Student Loans (the best method of borrowing for university undergraduates), tuition fees, accommodation and day to day living expenses over three or four years can set you back well over £30,000 - and still no guarantee of a job. It's ironic that freedom-seeking teenagers out to conquer the world too often become back-at-home twenty-somethings who haven't even conquered their first job. Not only do parents find themselves still stumping up the cash, but frustrated adult children in the house again can significantly cramp their style!
A university education can be a great thing for young people, and is the only route for many of our professions. But schools and parents need to be aware that in some disciplines, there are other, often better alternatives.
In the world of Information Technology, employers are crying out for commercially qualified IT professionals. University graduates often end up having to top up their skills to be industry ready and compete in the job market with Microsoft, Cisco & CompTIA professionals.
The sad fact is they could have saved themselves three years and a four figure debt had they gone straight to a commercial interactive computer training provider. Maybe the beer in the student union bar isn't quite so cheap after all - certainly the bank of mum and dad would be a lot less depleted, and there'd probably be more room on the sofa.
Really informative & very positive... They cut out all the nonsense and just gave it to me in plain terms: This is what you're going to get - and this is where you'll end up. That's all I wanted really.
David : UK
My advisor told me absolutely everything I needed to know. If I needed to know the specifics of a certain subject, he told me everything about that. He was friendly and really helpful.
Leroy : UK
They seemed very knowledgeable about the course... I made a decision quite easily, based on what they said.
Donna : UK
The advice was good. It wasn't overly complicated, so I wasn't bogged down with words that were unnecessary - and I understood where they were coming from. It was very professional.
Hayley : UK
I'd definitely recommend them. I think the price was very competitive - some of the courses out there were three times the price of what they were offering. To me, it's ideal.
Clive : UK
I feel I got good value for money. If you're a practically minded person, the course is perfect. I've also passed your details onto some other people I work with, because they're also interested in that field.
Lee : UK
I'd give the course 10/10. I've already convinced someone else to do one. I just think it's awesome to be quite honest - as long as you're prepared to put the effort in.
Leroy : UK
The advisor was absolutely brilliant. I felt like he was honest... I just can't fault it really.
Shelley : UK
The advisor was very friendly. He came across as very competent with his knowledge of the industry. He gave me a lot of confidence from that point of view.
Tim : UK
The advisor was fantastic I have to say - the way he described everything and helped me to find the right course. Everything he said made sense.