Parents are probably even less in tune with the vicissitudes of the current jobs market than they are with the dubstep scene... currently only 7,500 students take computer science degrees a year, meaning that many of the 20,000 graduate vacancies in the software industry alone remain unfilled each year.
My stress nightmare - the reoccurring dream that always pops up when I'm run down and overly tired - is simple and terrifying in its simplicity: it's my French A-Level tomorrow and I haven't got round to revising. As millions of men and women across the globe head into their own exam seasons, I sigh a little gasp of relief that that is all behind me. With this in mind, we decided to approach it slightly differently this year, and have been quizzing some of the best brains in the business to help those of you studying through your exams, and out the other side into an uncertain jobs market...
The suggestion that young people can only engage with 'accessible texts' such as Caitlin Moran's Twitter feed and Russell Brand's testimony on drug use to a House of Commons committee is inexcusably patronising.
Ed Miliband, I have created a far more efficient policy for you to use; the publicity of apprenticeships! Naturally, it doesn't have to be Ed Miliband who develops this idea - so long as somebody showcases the usefulness of apprenticeships any politician should endorse this plan.
In the course of my work as the University of Cambridge's Gender Equality Champion, I travel to many other universities to discuss what they are doing on the equality front. Sometimes I meet with Vice Chancellors and senior management, sometimes I meet the students and early career researchers.
Last week Ucas revealed a 4% rise in applications and over 87,000 more girls applying than boys, which got me thinking: are most schools still failing to inform their students about the alternatives to university and why are so many more girls applying to university than ever before?
College years are often some of the most memorable, and quite rightly so, as you learn more about others but also yourself. Enjoy your college years to the maximum, but at the same time, be sure to keep your eyes on the prize!
It is an urban myth, doubtless begun by lairy FE tutors, that A-levels are the hardest, most challenging qualifications you will attempt as a student. I'm not sure how this conclusion has been reached, but let me assure any doubters: it is completely false.
I don't use either of the degrees in my everyday work, and I remember hardly any of the information I studied so hard, and even less of it is ever useful. However, my year 12 marks got me into uni, and those two degrees still get me all sorts of unrelated jobs, along with a highly embellished resume.
The challenge now is for schools, universities, business and Government join us in making sure that the potential engineers of the future are informed, without prejudice, of all the opportunities available to them. We need to work together to provide the advice and support all young people need to make informed decisions at an early age.