The historical emphasis on university as the only viable option to gain adequate qualifications has led to many students either studying something that they have no real interest in or dropping out after a year, said Gary Bannatyne, the managing director and co-founder of The Digital Academy.
“While we would never undermine the value of a university education, tertiary institutions have encouraged a process that makes students feel anxious, and is seeing them apply too early in case they miss out in the future, rather than allowing them to take their time and pursue a career that leads to personal meaningful employment,” Bannatyne pointed out.
Today’s youth are seldom advised to take a gap year to learn new skills or work for a while or ensure that traditional university is the route they really want to take.
According to Bannatyne, this needs to change. “Students need to understand that there are other options. We live in an always-connected information age, where many other courses will not only provide real opportunities and lead to successful careers, but will better equip the youth to thrive in today’s workplace.