Upon finishing my A Levels I was sold on the idea, like many of my peers were, that heading to university was the right direction to go, a step that would take me towards a rewarding career. It seemed almost alien if you opted not to go- after all; a degree was the pathway to a guaranteed job.
Poundland, who opened their 400th store in July, are thriving in the recession. Last November, however, the growing business took on a graduate for "unpaid menial work", as a judge at London's High Court declared.
I think it's about time I got angry about the government's employment programmes in writing. Specifically, the Work Programme and the Community Action Programme. I would also like to start by applauding Waterstones for pulling out of such a reprehensible programme.