Saturday, June 16, 2012


My neighbour's daughter just got her degree results.   She took a tough course, chemistry with physics, a straight through to masters programme, with a year's input abroad working with a scientific research team. I've seen this girl grow from tiny baby, go through primary and secondary schools, and on to becoming a university student. It's wonderful to be able to see our young people strike out and forge a place for themselves in life. Mum and I exchanged an excited hug....the newly graduated student has achieved a first class honours!

Throughout the year, there are individual educational achievements announced in the local paper. It can be seen there is a high percentage of young people who go on to higher education and further training, though, opportunities for work place training and apprenticeships have severely contracted over recent years. This is reflected nationwide. The issue of suitably and productively employing our home grown talent is an urgent one, and becoming ever more difficult to address.


Jenny said...

Lovely to get news like that. Her family must be very proud of her.

ZACL said...

Hi Jennyta,

Mum is beaming from ear to ear, the rest of the family will be walking on air too.

It is super news.

Flighty said...

It's always good to hear such stories about our youth as so many are negative.
Your last paragraph is telling as I've learnt that a couple of youngsters I know are looking to live and work abroad much as they don't want to.
Flighty xx

ZACL said...

The time of youth is the period in which risk-taking is traditional; moving around and sampling life are all part of development. As you say, not all young people can do it in their usual confidence zone of 'home'.

In the twentieth and twenty-first century when economic mobility has been greater, a norm of existence in fact, and prospects are scattered to the four corners, we are much more aware of the spread.