Learn, unlearn and relearn - those are the skills of our age
Apprenticeships are far from being the only alternative to a university degree
Sometimes, you read a newspaper column going, "Ah, here". And the further you get into the column, the higher the volume: "Ah, HERE." That's how I read Eoin O'Malley's article last Sunday. You can't have missed it. It was the one where he said people would soon need a PhD to pull a pint.
He's making a small but good point. Credentialism is the word for an escalation of qualification, which means that what a Leaving Cert qualified you for, 20 years ago, now requires a primary degree. That's a consequence of Ireland educating so many of its young people so well. This is a good thing. On the global stage, it's a very good thing. When it comes to attracting foreign direct investment, it's a great thing.
Of course, we need to constantly examine credentialism to see if using a primary degree as a qualifier or disqualifier for a job is functional or just plain lazy.