Increasingly the choice of course to study at university is a matter that involves careful consideration and thought as to what is best; a process that now involves parents who will be expected to assist in providing funding.
Whether it's experience or proven skills, employers have been setting higher application requirements as to limit the amount of graduates that would be accepted. I would argue that this is also a result of the economic crash.
It's not the paper work that is the problem. The biggest issue that my students have faced is a total lack of awareness of the range of courses and careers that are available to them should they wish to apply to university and I do not blame the students at all; I was exactly the same.
The one thing I'd wish I'd known starting university is how important your network is. When it comes to finding jobs or potential opportunities this is essential. It can mean that if you don't have the right grades someone can vouch for you on the inside. Most people just need a chance to show what they can do and sometimes a quick word from a friend can be that chance.
Just as we are still trying to recover from the financial crisis of 2008, there is likely another one coming our way - the youth unemployment problem.
Students considering going to university to study the "arts" need to be made aware that it is unlikely they will enter that field after they graduate. As important as film, media, fashion, performing arts are to this country the thousands of students who choose these courses are going to find themselves sorely disappointed when they leave university.
As it is, I am not inundated with glimmering employment gems, thus I will begin my list that comprises my list 'How to remain positive in your job search.'
Startling research released to mark the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week should be a wake up call to employers, educators and the engineering industry to encourage more young people into engineering careers. Everyone who is passionate about apprenticeships, the future of our economy and young people's careers should be concerned that our school children may be rejecting engineering as a career choice because they don't know enough about it. Girls in particular aren't attracted to engineering as a career option.
I've said time and time again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, that we need to change the way we fund the country's apprenticeships if we are going to get anywhere with solving problems with unemployment and our skills gap.
Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.
Let's accept the fact; work experience has a pretty poor reputation. Normally the phrase is associated with one or two weeks for a young person sitting in an office doing basic clerical tasks such as photocopying and making the tea. This needn't and shouldn't be the case.