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When the youth of today grow up, they want to be....

Teachers. Yes, really.

I have been thumbing through the Trendence UK School-Leaver Review 2007 Corporate Edition (downloadable here), and some 28.5% of female school leavers fancy a career at the chalkface, and about 18 or so per cent of male school leavers.

For those under 17 at time of questioning, 'science' is the next favourite at about 22%, but this plummets to 14% for over 18s, with meeja etc rising from 15 to 20%.

Away from the general, the list of preferred employers is a bit depressing - three of the top five are in the public sector - and the numero uno preferred employer at 16.4% is Microsoft. The Army comes in at 13th, the Royal Navy at 33rd, and while the RAF does not feature in the top 50 at all, air traffic control does. Strikes me as rather sad that the youth of today would rather direct aeroplanes than fly them.


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Anonymous nomad said... 1:47 pm

"Chalkface"? Do they still use chalk these days? I thought it was all white-boards and laptops now - but then it is a long time since I was last in a school! Meanwhile, can somebody please explain what meeja is exactly?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:04 pm

I wouldn't worry too much about the RAF not featuring in the top 50 - as the old saying goes, "Fly Navy".  

Blogger Mountjoy said... 7:34 pm

meeja = media  

Anonymous IanCroydon said... 8:53 am

I'd suggest teaching is slightly biased towards female anyway, most primary schools have almost all-women teaching staff.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:51 am

"the youth of today would rather direct aeroplanes than fly them"

Oh what a wonderful metaphor.

Doesn't it embody the whole ethos of the modern public sector, as exemplified, almost even more than this, by the number of youths who want to be teachers?

(Actually being serious for a mo, I think the high interest in teaching is because it's the only job they have actually ever come across...)  

Anonymous nomad said... 3:55 pm

Mountjoy: Apols for long delay in responding to your comment (been a bit busy).
I know what "meeja" is, but my question really is what needs to be studied in the subject to get a qualification? Is it reading or analysing newspapers/looking at films/tv shows/learning journalism/public relations/other?

As you will see I am very confused by what this word actually means. perhaps I have been away from the UK for too long!  

Blogger Mountjoy said... 7:54 pm

nomad, oh I see what you mean. It doesn't really mean anything, or it can mean whatever you want it to mean.

So, for example, one of our New Universities is now offering a module in Blog Writing as part of its BA in Media Studies.  

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