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Failing to attend university 'severely limits job prospects'

Published: Thursday, 22 July 2010   Category: Career Advice

Young Britons who decide against attending university will find it extremely difficult to land a top job, it was suggested today (July 22nd).

Earlier this week, universities minister David Willetts claimed that students who fail in their UCAS applications this year still have a "range of options" available to them.

However, Johnny Rich, editor of independent higher education guide Push.co.uk, has warned that fewer employment opportunities exist for non-graduates.

"This is why the last government were putting so much emphasis on the expansion of higher education," he said.

"It's because the jobs out there for the future - as the Leach report showed - are for highly qualified people, and they are for graduates."

Mr Rich added that individuals who have decided against following the higher education path will be condemned to "what one might call the bottom half of all jobs in the country".

In his speech to the House of Commons business, skills and innovations committee, Mr Willetts stated that unsuccessful university applicants should not focus "entirely on the academic route".ADNFCR-1068-ID-19904035-ADNFCR

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