A change in focus. A change in priorities. A change in what matters most. Something I've experienced and heard so much in the past few months. Cancer really has a way of throwing everything up in the air, with it landing in different places than thrown.
Figures from UCAS show the number of students going to university with vocational qualifications is up. Good news. But as a result, universities are being accused of 'dumbing down' their entry requirements.
My youngest child attends the British International School, Phuket. I must admit, I gulped a bit when I paid the school fees. But so far, I am fine with what I am paying for. It costs a lot to run this little piece of Great Britain in the tropical paradise of Phuket, and the money has to come from somewhere.
Unfortunately a degree couldn't be enough to get you to your final goal: a rewarding career. The University is a long-lasting coaching, but the real match starts once you will be out of there. In the competitive race of labour market, a brief pit-stop could advantage your studies and job search... You need a gap year to not fall between the cracks of your career ladder.
When the Scottish results came out on the 5th of August, it was announced that pupils had achieved a record number of top Higher grades, winning 30,000 university and college places in the process. Unfortunately, some were not so lucky.
I am earning money already and learning how to manage my finances. Whereas if I had gone to University, I would have around £66k debt to pay! To make matters worse, Computer Science graduates are earning less every year, they are earning on average £2,261 less today than in 2007. Instead, I will have earned over £66k creating a difference of over £132k!
Last week we saw the overall pass rate for A levels fall for the first time in 32 years, students who achieved lower grades are being told they have an opportunity to go to university after 30,000 new places were created.
New figures reveal that 4.5 million people are now self-employed, the highest number since records began in 1992, with an increase of 404,000 over the past year alone. Although the path to economic recovery has still some way to go, the spirit of enterprise is alive and kicking among the UK's teenagers.
Getting good grades can of course open the door to a promising future, but more employers are stressing the importance of soft skills... we need to address the skills shortage and ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work in order to bolster this economic growth.
My transition from school to higher education wasn't exactly the smoothest path. But in hindsight sticking to my guns, making my own choices and primarily not going through clearing was the best decision I ever made. But is clearing the right choice for everyone?