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Graduates should be career focused

Published: Tuesday, 07 August 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Students should go on to study at degree level for their graduate career and not for the sake of being educated, an educational foundation argues.

Edge claims that due to 'academic snobbery' some young people are studying at degree level for the sake of it even though it may not be the best option.

Research by the foundation shows that some parents may be giving the wrong advice, with 70 per cent of professional parents hoping their children will go on to university, although the choice may not be the most suitable for the individual.

Commenting on the figures, a spokesperson for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills told the BBC: "For some, A-levels and higher education is the right route, for others vocational courses leading directly to employment or further and higher education is the correct way forward."

According to figures from the National Audit Office, 28,000 full-time and 87,000 part time undergraduates of the 2004/2005 intake failed to begin the second year of the course.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18237253-ADNFCR

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