A second degree? Really?
News today that graduates are trying to boost their job prospects by taking second degrees. Apparently the number of students taking full-time taught post graduate courses is up 22 per cent in 2016/17 – and is likely to get higher. That equates to over 90,000 hopefuls, the majority of whom are under 25 years of age. The increase is also in part due to new loans system for post graduates which makes it easier to borrow considerable amounts of money before actually trying to earn it.
Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute is quoted saying that it’s a good idea because it gives certain students a better chance of getting into jobs that are hard to get into – media, publishing and politics. He also adds helpfully, that as more and more people are going to university, wait for it…”having a degree is less significant…”
Brilliant. So, which clever policy wonk thought that increasing the number of people going to university would actually diminish their chances of getting a decent job at the end of it? Why on earth is the academic bar being lowered instead of making university somewhere that’s actually quite useful?
And, spare a thought for the parents of the perennial students. Another degree? Another loan. And another year or two living off the bank of mum and dad…