This critical voice is paramount because if it's encouraging, the words come; they made not be good words but they're allowed fill the page. If the voice is too critical, the words never become ink. That's what's going on with me lately. I look at the words I produced for my dissertation and the words I'm now putting on the page and I feel like I've regressed...
Today, I have had to defer my place until September 2014 and belatedly join many of my fellow-graduates still in the search for full-time work. The reason for this last minute deferment was that, having exhausted every possible option, the deadline to pay the first installment of course fees arrived and I did not have the money.
As a postgraduate recruiter once told me, "These days, it's next to impossible to secure a job with a BA. Just like in Europe, MAs are becoming a necessity". If this assertion holds true, then we truly live in a rather sorry state of affairs. Rather than a university education empowering students, the necessity of advanced degrees seem to illustrate how the higher education industry has profited from student vulnerability.
The answer might be a master's degree. An extra year of specialist study to rack up your employability sounds to the uninitiated like a bomb proof idea. The problem is the cost. While students have spent the last three years protesting about undergraduate fees the issue of master's fees has gone unchallenged.