I once got booed at a National Union of Students conference for saying that more people at University is not a good thing.
Sadly every year more and more students who haven’t got the academic abilities to fully take on a degree will tarnish the validity of those who full embrace education and work for their results.
The more students at university, over 400,000 will go this September, then the more competition there will be in three years for jobs. While competition for jobs isn’t a bad thing, 400,000 people will graduate in 2016 and they will all have a degree level education and I guarantee that there will not be 400,000 graduate jobs available.
Most job applications I have filled out do not ask what classification I got in my degree, so effectively there will be 400,000 very similar looking CVs flooding the job market. This is of course excluding those who go to Oxford or Cambridge who will potentially get a free ride, depending on their contacts, whatever their degree classification.
University attendance costs, and I for one thinks that this is wrong. It should be free to all but only accessible to people who have B,B,B minimum at A-Level, a suitable portfolio for a creative course, or previous vocational qualifications or experience which means that a degree can help them develop a career that is already underway.
University was once for the economically elite but over the years we have, instead of making the playing field for university entry based on educational achievement, just let everyone in and thus have made having a master’s degree, which cost a lot and not many can afford, the minimum standard for people looking to enter the workplace.
This means that the upper middle/upper classes are once again sitting happily at the top of the pile paying for a master’s degree and doing free internships until they secure a full-time job.
The university systems pretty much universal acceptance (the clearing process) of people who apply to higher education institutions has created a new costly benchmark for graduate jobs at the bottom of the career ladder.
Having people with poor, or sometimes no, qualifications attending universities with low standards of teaching only dilutes what it means to have a degree. I think that is a crying shame because I loved university and I think it discredits the huge amount of people who have worked hard for many years to get there.
Pure and simply, places at universities should be given on the basis of achievement and ability, not on the ability to pay or a process where you can apply for empty places on random courses at universities that no one has ever heard of.
Just in case you’re wondering…I wouldn’t have got into university on my A-Level grades, but I did a creative course so may have done with a portfolio of work.