I studied psychology at Goldsmiths uni and post grad courses in primary care mental health at south bank and then diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy at the Charlie Waller institute (at Reading uni) to become a psychotherapist. When I started my degree I had no idea what I wanted to do as a job but I did a psychology a level and enjoyed it so went for the degree. As it turned out I was able to get to a place where I used my degree in my work but there are many that do degrees and struggle to get employment in a related field because of the huge competition from the shear amount of graduates with similar qualifications (psychology particularly).
to answer about loans, repayment amounts and mortgages. Mortgage company's do take student loans into account as it is a fixed outgoing ( just got a new mortgage and had to provide loan amounts). Not sure about how much needs to be repaid on current loans a month but mine which was taken out in 2000 has had me paying back between £100 and £300 a month depending on how much I was earning which is not an insignificant amount of money.
Nice one! I have received cognitive behaviour therapy for about 4-5 years in total and has helped me. I agree about graduates trying to get a job, when I look at my CV now even though I did a one year work placement as part of my degree in a Finance department, it still doesn't match any jobs I am applying for! Nightmare!
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I studied Political Philosophy at Lancaster University in the 1980s, then did a PGCE in Drama & English a few years later.
I have taught Drama and Theatre Studies for over twenty years at a high school in the north of England. My degree was fascinating amd the subject remains of perennial interest to me. On the surface, my degree and post-graduate choice of study appear unconnected but politcs and philosophy are prominent features in most texts and most pertinently, in the broadest yet truest sense, in most classrooms. Everything is political, in one sense or another.
Chebby, not for first time, articulates a salient point: namely, the utilitarian worth of a graduate educated workforce. As for who pays for this and how, well I'm all for lower tuition fees and as much state subsidy as a future left-leaning Government will fund.
My daughter is taking a gap year prior to undertaking a joint honours in Spanish & English. She's not sauntering off to a beach in Bali but working at Asda and in the language department of her old high school to help fund her next three or four years. I, like countless others here and elsewhere, cannot afford to fund the entirety of her fees - maintenance and tuition.
Incidentally, applications are up, especially among those from "disadvantaged" backgrounds.
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So the UK has become the land of opportunity and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face a bright and prosperous future?
I know applications in 2013 were up marginally on 2012, but down compared with 2010 and 2011 (though all of these numbers were higher than the previous two years). I thought the biggest rise in applications was among non-British students. I'm not sure what any of this demonstrates. Perhaps that the tuition fee rise isn't an issue (as you've argued); or perhaps that young people can't face a non-existent job market and are deferring pain; or perhaps that young people feel they only stand a chance by loading themselves with debt (the alternative is even worse). Perhaps all of these things are true to some extent.
I know that admissions to Russell Group universities are down from "lower income" applicants. I'm not saying this to be confrontational. I honestly don't know what we learn from these figures, but students will still have more debt when they leave university, will enter a job market that increasingly favours employer rather than employee rights, and will find it very difficult (impossible in many cases) to get a foot on the property ladder.
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it is really hard, hope you find something soon!
Cheers mate - appreciate it. I have been trying pretty solid for about 9 months now, and I have to say it is a horrible process! I saw a careers advisor last week and got some more advice, and have now booked an appointment to see an disability employment advisor so I will just have to see if they can help. I am running out of ideas. I suppose I just have to keep doing my charity work and see what happens.
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