Faced with annual fees in excess of £9,000, questionable pastoral support on campus, and stiffer competition in a job market replete with graduates, Gen Zers have plenty of reason to be sceptical about the benefits of higher education. So, how are they forging their career paths after school?
Hattie Wrixon is the founder of Uni’s Not For Me, a resource and community for young people thinking about alternatives to university. She maintains her interest in UNFM while also working at Founders Factory, launched by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane-Fox to help scale start-up businesses.
Duncan McCombe is the founder of Network Young, a social enterprise that helps 13- to 19-year-olds develop a high-quality network and delivers career skills programmes across Manchester and the North West. His mission is to transform the way that careers advice is given.
Anna Foden is a Manchester-based writer. She studied Japanese, politics and sociology and writes on culture and business trends. She can often be found in a cinema watching a biopic or Star Trek.
University was once considered a rite of passage, but today’s 16- to 18-year-olds don’t view it as the only path to a successful career. Disenfranchised by high fees, many people (both teens and their parents) are questioning whether uni is good value for money, leading some to look for alternatives.
Getting a university degree was once seen as a useful path to a lucrative career. Yet high tuition fees are deterring many, especially given that employers are increasingly looking beyond academics, instead considering a range of other factors. So is the traditional degree a thing of the past?
Today’s teens and young adults are set to become the world’s most influential consumers within a decade, but how has growing up in the aftermath of a financial crash affected the way Gen Zers spend and save their money? What can help these digital natives improve their financial know-how?
For all of their tech-savviness, many school leavers in the UK feel out of their depth as they prepare to enter the world of work. The MiFuture app is hoping to support them through a familiar format, letting them quickly set up a profile and swipe away to find the right job ‘match’.