When it rains it pours…

After last week's gloomy assessment that I might be forever relegated to sitting on the sidelines shouting like an insane street preacher about careers advice (and I still may), there was a break in the weather and I'm happy to report that two buses came along at once. How's that for a mixed metaphor? Today … Continue reading When it rains it pours…

New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it got posted at the wrong hour of the day, who knows, what makes one post soar like an eagle and another sink like the Titanic? My last post didn't get a huge amount of love or views from any quarter and rather than accept defeat graciously I've … Continue reading New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

What next? The results are in, what next for A level students, freshers and graduates?

As the dust settles on the 2017 results season, as we say goodbye to smug pairs of grinning twins holding up their matching A*s for the delight of a facile press let's turn our attention to what happens next. With three distinct sets of those in receipt of exam board judgement there will be losers, … Continue reading What next? The results are in, what next for A level students, freshers and graduates?

Good news A level students! Come results day, universities are more afraid of you than you are of them.

Der dum. Der dum. Derdum Derdum Derdum... DerlaLUM. Onomatopoeic writing has never been my strongest suit but that was the Jaws music for those of you didn't get it. Given that many of you reading this will probably have only a vague notion of what that is doesn't perhaps ringingly endorse my relevance to you … Continue reading Good news A level students! Come results day, universities are more afraid of you than you are of them.

What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.

As the imperial death march intones in their sub-conscious, the school leavers of 2017 are a Schrödinger's cat of sorts, where by they have both passed and failed their A levels and the truth is only a short hop away from revealing itself. It's like breaking something valuable that belongs to an irascible parent and … Continue reading What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.

The great grade giveaway. Like beads for boobs but with 1st class degrees.

I like universities. Really I do. I think they are fantastic, inspiring, inspirational, wonderful cathedrals of thought, activity and ambition. Which makes reading and then writing these nasty, brutish comments about them all the more galling but they really aren't helping me out. Every day sees a new and embarrassing cavalcade of cynical devaluation of … Continue reading The great grade giveaway. Like beads for boobs but with 1st class degrees.

Why dropping out of university is the inevitable result of bad advice.

There's lots in the news today talking about tackling the degree drop out rates and how it is essential but I think they've got it the wrong way round. What needs to be tackled is this dogged insistence that university is right for everyone. The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has lobbied the government to do … Continue reading Why dropping out of university is the inevitable result of bad advice.

The EPQ, make it relevant, make it topical, make it count.

So here it is, the last few weeks of the academic year has begun circling the drain and thoughts will have turned to long lazy days luxuriating in that way only the youthful can, with a supreme sense of self and the innate knowledge they will change the world. After the holidays. It is also … Continue reading The EPQ, make it relevant, make it topical, make it count.

Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Milkround? (Graduate schemes, it’s obviously about graduate schemes.)

So, July is upon us, exam season is over for one cohort but the real challenges are still yet to come. For many now is the time of year when you'll be starting to consider your longer term career options, post university. Now, apologies I couldn't get to you when you were 15 and still … Continue reading Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Milkround? (Graduate schemes, it’s obviously about graduate schemes.)

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need. (How my Grandfather got to Oxford).

It would be easy to take the view that I'm against universities given some of my output in the last few weeks. So in the interests of balance here's my counterpoint - yes, I do think that schools are pandering to an outmoded way of thinking that is designed to appease parents, patronise the less … Continue reading You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need. (How my Grandfather got to Oxford).