'OVERQUALIFIED'

It is not popular among socialists to stick up for those who gain priveleges over others, and rightly so. Often students come within this bracket.

On reading the recent interview Soundings did with Jon Cruddas, one gets a sense that the effects of this particular educational inequality is being remedies, because demand is not following the growth of higher education. Degrees aren't needed by capitalist society as much as the government reckons. Accordingly, far from being empowering, we are led to a situation where the job market is 'levelling down' in terms of the number and quality of opportunities it can offer people, but people are only equipped with the means to grab these diminishing or inadequate opportunities, rather than stepping in to guarantee opportunity itself.

Accordingly in our personal lives, our generation finds that there is little opportunity to progress as the managerial stratum of our ageing population stays in place, and a possible recession looms; we end up working in bars, at best.

There is absolutely nothing wrong, of course, with working in a bar. The problem is firstly being stuck there, secondly with getting a degree (with all the associated time and efforts) based on false promises of an expanding employment market, and thirdly having to pay for it where you did not pay before, (erroneously) placed on the back of the same misguided premise. As a side note, I must dissent from the official Compass/SNP/Lib Dem policy of 'Graduate tax'. If we agree with taxing the privileged, let us have a far more sociologically accurate 'rich tax'.

But really. Who wants to pay more to be overqualified? And is it just that such a situation is allowed by government to exist?

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