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Parents are ‘too supportive’ of their lazy, idle, good-for-nothing graduate offspring

December 31, 2009

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) has issued a guide to tackle the culture of student dependence I referred to in the previous post, which, let’s be frank, is a consequence of government policies such as the abolition of student grants.

The guide is directed at parents who find themselves with their unemployed, graduate off-spring living at home and generally refusing to fulfil his or her entrepreneurial duties.

The BBC reports that the Department of BIS ‘warns parents against being “too supportive,” saying newly-qualified offspring should be encourage to be realistic, rather than wasting away the years pursuing their dream job.

‘The guide also advises against allowing a few weeks back home to turn into a few months. Its solution is to show some “tough love” by not doing their washing and ironing.’

That’ll show the blighters!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. CharlieMcMenamin permalink
    January 1, 2010 4:16 pm

    Rab,
    Is it time for you to make discreet inquires of your University Careers Service as to the alternative employment options open to a Media Studies academic in mid life? I mean, a theme does seem to be emerging from this succession of posts…

  2. Rabelais permalink*
    January 1, 2010 5:44 pm

    Charlie,
    With all the wonderful courses on offer at my institution I have been assured by the Careers office that there has never been a better time to be an ex-employee of the university.

    Actually, I have entertained the thought of doing something else, but I have to confess (despite the recent posts) to being a little more relaxed about the weirdness of education in the UK and Ireland than I have been for a long time. I mean, when you really think about, that Peter Mandelson has effectively recommended parents go on strike to encourage their kids to grow up, is pretty funny. The news that seven year olds are to receive careers advice just doubles me up when I look at my six year old and imagine some unfortunate primary school teacher trying to convince him that being a Ghostbuster just isn’t a career option. And the student who made the staggering announced in a seminar that she didn’t understanding anything (wot? nothing at all?) really made me laugh. There’s always a fine line between horror and comedy.

  3. CharlieMcMenamin permalink
    January 2, 2010 10:06 am

    Being a Ghostbuster isn’t a careers option!?! Did I miss that memo?

    Actually, who knows what the careers options are likely to be for today’s six year olds? The way I get my thirteen yr old to do his maths homework is to repeatedly insist that he won’t be able to design computer games unless he can master those equations. Of course this is tosh: by the time he enters the job market there will be no computer games, just micro-bio-tech engineered virtual reality outfits where we all play Ghostbusters all day in our private worlds…I’ll be the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man.

    So if the future is unknowable, and attempting to prepare oneself for economic success through education is inherently a risk – and an expensive one at that – is it time to start re-promoting education as something that is,well, just bloody good for you?

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