Mature students flock to college to beat recession

Ireland“The over-23s are flocking to college this year in search of a degree they hope will carry them out of the recession. Universities and institutes of technology have seen a huge increase in applications from ‘mature students’. Widespread redundancies, the shrinking jobs market and the demand for new and higher skills in the workplace are all factors in the surge in interest. The downturn has triggered an overall 7.5pc increase in demand for a college place, to a record 73,982 applications this year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 August]

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