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Having read yet another article outlining the shortage of university places this year, I can’t help but think there might be a silver lining to this cloudy time.

The push from politicians to get more young people in university education has devalued the resulting qualification, and a degree from a mediocre university is usually awaste of three or more years and tens of thousands of pounds.



Furthermore, the romanticisation of graduate prospects has led to further disappointment as, until recent media coverage, young people were led to believe that a degree was a free pass to any job. As a result, many recent graduates are unemployed, as they refuse to accept any job that does not fulfil the dream.



As a recent first-class graduate from Manchester University, I am perfectly content for the time being in a stop-gap role which pays off the overdraft and adds something to the CV. Perhaps the squeeze on university places will lead more young people to consider other options, such a training in employment.



A 21-year-old friend of mine has recently bought his own house, with no help from parents, having saved up his £35,000 salary. He left school at 16. For many young people, this route to the dream job and salary would be far cheaper and quicker thanwasting several years obtaining sub-standard A-levels and degrees, and further months and years waiting for employers to approach with open arms.



June Kent,



Oxford

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