‘In a competitive market, it’s vital to think globally’

OPTIMISTIC Lucy Flannery, who is a governor at Havant College

OPTIMISTIC Lucy Flannery, who is a governor at Havant College

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IF you read the national press, you could get the impression that there is little point in doing a degree because there are no jobs for graduates anyway.

The reality is a little different. A Guardian article states that although 24.8 per cent of 21-year-old graduates are unemployed the rate drops to 16 per cent for 22-year-olds, falling even further to 8.6 per cent for 23-year-olds.

I’m a governor at Havant Sixth Form College which has just received a favourable Ofsted report. The inspectors were particularly impressed by HSFC’s careers service.

At Havant College we are ambitious for our learners, wanting them to be the best that they can possibly be.

Eighty-eight per cent of our leavers go to university and their career paths after that are astonishingly diverse.

We want to confer translatable skills on our students that will serve them well in higher education and help to equip them for the jobs of the future – including the ones that don’t exist yet!

In an ever more competitive market it’s vital to think globally – and that’s why we encourage students to spend a year, a term or even their whole degree course abroad.

The benefits of exposure to different cultures are obvious – and there are some wonderful opportunities now for higher education overseas. HSFC has a relationship with a college in South Dakota and our first student will be going there this autumn – the first of many, no doubt.

And when they’ve finally finished their education, we look forward to those graduates’ return to Havant, and to reaping the benefit of their exceptional skills and qualities in local industries including IT, public sector, arts, commerce, service providers, engineering and communications.

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