So was your time at Uni worth it?

So did you go to University? Was it worth it? I went to Portsmouth in 2000 - 03 and if I'm perfectly honest, it was overrated. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but if I knew then, what I know now, I probably would not have bothered with it. Then again, the problem is, if you want to study such professions as law, journalism, accounting, (per se) then some kind of degree is favoured. So it's a catch 22. The problem with Universities is they have now become cash cows simply designed to take people's money, (it's like herding lots of sheep into a space) without really considering the needs of the individual. One to one tutorial time is limited, and you're actually left to your own devices a lot of the time once you are there. (You maybe an adult wanting to break out into the big wide world, but it's pretty daunting. This is where I feel more help should be given. At the very beginning of the process. But of course, if you got your degree, and sailed through with a First, or 2:1, over the three years, then you're alright Jack, aren't you? And this is the problem, I worked my socks off just to get a Third. But I'm still proud of it. I loathed the day Labour's Blair and co decided that 50% of the population should be degree educated. Again, yet another target set by a top down government, which hasn't really considered those on the ground. What a disgrace that was. Of course, not everyone wants to go to university, and not everyone has the academic inclination to do it. I've said this before, but I believe that more emphasis should be spent on vocational and more 'work' based activities for young people both post and prior to university. Education in this country at the moment is based on a 'learn it and remember it' type culture, but there's little 'reality' skills being taught. You only have to look at the state of journalism today to understand that much of the curriculum on the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is 'learn it, and remember it.' Unless of course you're lucky enough to be on a course which does actually tell you to go out and get a story from Day One. What types of skills should we have in Schools and Higher Education? Here's some of my suggestions. Feel free to disagree or agree. - Cooking skills - Government and our celebrity chefs are always harping on about it, but I'd like it taught from an early age. We need a varied curriculum for kids in Primary and Secondary school. As the old saying goes, give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime. - Shorthand (not just for journalism) - it's a life skill, so I was told by a great journalism tutor) - Better computer training from an early age. From experience, I know that there's a lack of computer training in schools. - Electrical skills: (Everything from how to change a light bulb, to fixing the kitchen sink. It's amazing how many men don't know these types of skills. So what are they useful for, apart from using their reproductive organs?) - Politics: Incidentally, this should also be taught from an early age in schools. Kids need to know what Democracy is, and why there is a building called the Houses of Parliament. One final political point, don't expect to get a job based on merit, or hard work. That's equality for you?
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