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The degree of change in the workplace

I DIDN'T go to university (Comment, August 19). I joined ICI in 1977 straight from school and have just taken early retirement from the company after more than 30 very happy years as a computer programmer.

But things were different back then. Companies trained young employees, cultures and attitudes were very different and there were more opportunities.

The idea of a 30-year career, the idea of on-the-job training, even ICI itself all no longer exist.

A degree is now the only way of demonstrating to companies in this harsh employment environment that an individual is even worth looking at. Not getting one is a setback.

PAUL HARPER

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