I'm damnably glad I don't have to go through that now. Me too, but that relates to the environment expectations and situation we we brought up so maybe its a matter of the different contemporary environment kids have lived through. If through their school life, kids are conditioned to think: A-levels. degree, job in chosen field, then yes, there are going to be a lot of disappointed kids. However,
Think of it like this:
Its a university education, not a university training.
Many companies DO run training and apprenticeship schemes and its increasing.
The depressing thing is that these seems to be still an attitude in some "working class" parents that university is not for the likes of us, a disdain for ambition and attainment, a Sun/Mirror based celebrity culture, the idea that working hard at school is waste of time..etc..a feeling that there SHOULD be jobs for the unskilled, almost. Well of course there are. but they are going and going fast. Millworkers have been replaced by call centre operatives
Of course this nonsense, but how do we deal with those who think they have thrown their chances away through not working hard enough at school?