In a visit to an East London school Nick Clegg has been waxing lyrical about university fees. He speaks of myths surrounding tuition fees putting students off. I’m not quite sure what these myths are that he’s talking about. It’s not a myth that university fees have sky rocketed to a maximum of £9,000 a year. It’s not a myth that his lily-livered party broke their pledge to scrap tuition fees. If you haven’t already seen it, he did make a public apology after his party’s U-turn. This was made infinitely more fun by the auto-tune remix made by Alex Ross and James Herring.
Fortunately for Nick Clegg, in a somewhat dark stroke of luck the recession has ensured that university applications have remained high. I’ve spoken to lots of young people who’ve said it was the lesser of two evils.
When faced with the option of a stagnant job market or being hit with high tuition fees, I think I’d take the chance and go to university. Many hope that by the time they graduate, the recession will be over and done with.
Recent figures do hint at a recovery in the student job market. A survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) predicted a 10.5% increase in entry level jobs in 2014, with openings in IT and telecoms expected to rise by 40%.
Dan Hawes, co-founder of Graduate Bureau of Recruitment (GRB), said the forecast could mean a shift from graduates fighting over jobs, to employers fighting over graduates. This would be in stark contrast to the last couple of years where as many as 85 applicants have been fighting over each major job opportunity.
The future is uncertain and however good this recent news is now is not the time to slow down your efforts. Be sure that that every application you make over the coming months is of a high standard.