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Time to get rid of pointless qualifications

Mickey Mouse Degrees

Mickey Mouse Degrees

There is a proliferation of strange courses offered to students that do little to further their career prospects. With tuition fees set to rise threefold it is now urgent that universities offer educations that return that value. Ben Wood reports.

Last year 300,000 students sat their A-Levels at colleges and sixth forms across the country. Among the most popular subjects were the traditionally favourable maths, English and sciences, and of course the more excusable lessons which contribute to the Mickey Mouse choices:

Film studies, photography and physical education are all courses that Continue reading

Internships & Work Experience: Slave Labour That Requires a Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

A minimum wage for interns?

The need to gain work experience and complete internships makes it difficult for many young people to enter their chosen profession. The absence of payment in many positions – especially in politics – forces many young people away from the career they aspire to. Ben Wood cautiously suggests introducing a minimum wage for work experience seekers and interns.  

Work experience and internships are key ingredients in any society, Continue reading

Focusing on internships and interviews will not halt the decline in social mobility

The Lib Dems just can’t help themselves. As soon as they see something which they view as ‘unfair’, their first and immediate instinct is to legislate against that perceived ‘injustice’. So, when Nick Clegg notices that the privileged and privately educated offspring of wealthy parents (people like him, as it happens) bag most of the top internships, he immediately rushes out to condemn “the sharp-elbowed and the well-connected” who, apparently, have somehow conspired to destroy the aspirations of the less well-off in society. This, for those of you who tend to change the channel whenever our Deputy Prime Minister hoves into view, is what Mr Clegg had to say about internships: Continue reading

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