Students, colleges face tough choices in hard times

Ireland“What a difference a year and a recession make. The increase in CAO applications is a sign of the increasingly uncertain times. Most of the old verities are gone, as unemployment seeps into professional areas once thought to be immune from economic vagaries. The only remaining certainty is that a qualification of some sort will be more, not less, important in the future. The difficult question facing school leavers is which qualification to go for. They generally decide their courses on the basis of current economic trends which could well be very different by the time they graduate …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 August]

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