As my children approach the end of another academic year -Tash, Yr2 at University and Sam starting his A Level exams at 6th Form College - and as Mandy has recently started another new job with a Law Firm in London, I've been reflecting on what getting, having, doing and keeping a job really feels like nowadays.
But neither of us ever intended to be doing those things. We met at Christmas 1982, doing panto in Stafford. We were actors. That's what we had trained for, had been doing for years (but see below) and intended (hoped) to be doing for the rest of our lives.
However, when Mandy and I (still actors) became a couple and later married, this situation was no longer tenable. We both took on more structured, permanent roles, found ourselves working with what we now call 'information and learning technologies', but back then we called 'computers', 'word-processors', 'spreadsheets' and 'computer-based training' - and the rest, as they say, is history...
So, as the children (young adults) start to look at further education and career-wards beyond that, what lessons have we learned from this that we can share with them? What challenges have they got ahead that are the same as - or are very different from - our challenges? What does the world of work look like for Graduates and young people today?
The UK Guardian newspaper reported only last week that a UN Agency, The International Labour Office International Labour Organisation said that young people across the world continue to be almost three times more likely than adults to be unemployed. There are 979,000 unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, after a 20,000 rise in the three months to February The Guardian