I can only add that as an 'adopted' Brit (come 25 years ago to this highland) one of the first (minor) shocks was the title value of 'engineer' here... In Italy, Germany, Spain, and China (the countries I know better) the title of Eng. is the most prestigious title a person can hold. Having a daughter (or son, yes) getting 'engaged' to an engineer is a source of pride higher than to a doctor or layer.
Here an 'engineer' is the bloke with a GCSE in media studies installing your software at PC World... what the ^*"%?
Crazy, from a country who gave birth to some of the most brilliant engineers in the world in the 19th century!
Forget about the 'Media Studies' and degree in Golf Course Management (I loved that...)! Further, in my opinion obviously, the general culture in this country is very low (look at the tabloids!) because the mechanism of the 'A' levels means that young people give up key 'cultural' subjects (e.g. history, languages, maths) at far too young age! I originally trained as an accountant (!) but still carried subjects such as science, arts and Italian literature up to my final exams (at the age of 19). This is the same in most places in (the rest of) Europe.
And now my appeal:
ABOLISH THOSE MT Mickey Mouse courses! Please! Unless they state clearly they are there for 'enthusiasts' to improve their skills for their hobbies (like in 'extreme' knitting and fly fishing...), and wonderful as they are for this end..., please colleges, do not offer them as career opportunities! I set up one of the first ones in the UK nearly 20 years ago for the task of attracting 'academic shy' teens to college... failing. Jobs in the industries? Don't make me laugh...
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