It's also an unfortunate fact of recessionary Britain that, with each vacancy often drawing hundreds of applicants, it's largely safe to say there are fewer jobs than there are job seekers. There are, of course, a few notable exceptions and - given a certain understandable bias on my part - it's pleasing to note that the engineering industry is one of them.
Depending on who you choose to believe, the news that Britain's 15 year-olds are outside the international top 20 for maths, reading and science is either a reason to lament our children's prospects in the oft-quoted 'global race'; to condemn teachers as underqualified, or overpaid; or to take aim at either this government or its predecessor on the verities of its education reform agenda.
We shouldn't demolish the private schools. Although some people out there probably want to see their alma maters razed, it would be a waste of good architecture. They just need to be forced into the wider education system like stuffing into a reluctant turkey. It might be a messy job, but the end result, a richer society, is worth it.
10 years ago, Youtube was just distant thought in its founders heads. It now has over a billion users and almost 15 million videos about cats. Not only is it making cats well famous, but it is changing the way people watch film and is opening up the world of filmmaking to people who couldn't have got there before.
This is perhaps the most important time for anyone looking to make it in his or her chosen industry, as every move you make will be scrutinised. However, this can be a positive thing as hard work is rewarded, and once you've completed an internship there could be a full-time job at the end. With that in mind, here are my top ten tips for securing an internship, and then making the most of the opportunity.
The CEOs we tend to read about the most - those in charge of some of our largest, multi-million pound organisations - are actually challenging this convention. Think about Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg or Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, who are consistently in the press. Both actually challenge our notions of the aforementioned 'traditional' CEO.
You might not have guessed it from reading this week's education headlines, but schools in England are actually getting better. Nearly eight out of 10 are judged good or outstanding in the annual report from the schools inspectorate, Ofsted - the highest proportion in the watchdog's 20-year history.
Thanks to the Industrial Revolution and the increased productivity it made possible, incomes began rising from the turn of the 19th century. As incomes rose, parents could afford increasing amounts of education for their children. The vigorous growth in schooling was, simply, a response to rising incomes - which is natural and normal.
Having a sense of the value of Apprenticeships is becoming increasingly important to businesses. For our organisation, the advantage of Apprenticeships goes beyond the view that they are a cost effective resource; they bring innovation, inspiration and energy to our teams, invigorating our approach to work.
The UK produces fantastic yearly GCSE results and I don't believe, the Pisa study reflects our students' ability. It's the system that needs to change (and connect with ordinary enterprise communities, who could give a diverse view), and exactly how, we could improve and prepare our next generation of 15-year-olds educational achievements.