Is it really the job of schools to pump out work-ready youngsters?

WERE you “work-ready” when you left school? Did you hit the ground running in your career of choice, or did it take you a while to find your niche, build up skills and confidence, and figure out what you really wanted to do?

If you went on to college or university – the route chosen by two-thirds of school-leavers in 2017 – you’ll have bought yourself a bit more time. Were you a “work-ready” diamond by the time you left, or still in need of a bit of polishing?

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First published in The National on January 12 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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