‘When you’re at school, you’re told to get good grades so you can go to university,’ says Richard.
‘Then at university, you’re told to get good grades so you can get a good job when you graduate.
‘But at no point do they tell you that, even with a good job and good wage, you still won’t be able to afford a place of your own.’
But that pretty much used to be true going back as going to University was for only 7-10% of the population so getting a degree actually meant something - even if it was from a Poly or from Aberystwyth. So coming out of university with a good degree meant you would probably get a job and begin the lifetime of climbing. Now you need to make sure you are going to one of the better universities and potentially doing a post grad to make yourself stand out from the crowd of average. And in the old days you didn't pay for it and got a grant! Now you pay for it and it means so much less!
I've always thought my children would hopefully (and really should) follow a logical path and go to university and build themselves a life etc. - unless they weren't capable and found themselves a trade etc. But now I don't see University as necessarily being the best way forward for them.