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Schooled for risk

How should education prepare pupils for the new world of work?

By Clarissa Farr   August 2012

© Marquette University

Graduating from university in the late-1970s was a leisurely affair. I can hardly remember the Milk Round and few of my intellectual friends saw themselves stooping to train as accountants or solicitors. Why the rush? We knew we would find jobs and were confident that the rounded education and loyalty we offered would be just what employers were looking for.

How different things are today: the job market is tougher and schools, universities and parents view the purpose of education very differently.

With nearly one million young people unemployed, few secondary-school age children could be unaware that…

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