Letter: No choice but to be a graduate

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The Independent Online
A CRUCIAL factor in explaining the growing number of graduates chasing traditionally non-graduate jobs has been overlooked by the Institute of Manpower Research ('Job Market faces graduate take-over', 11 October).

It is that many students who would not have normally chosen to stay on in post-18 education are doing so because there is no alternative. The number of jobs for

16 to 18-year-olds has fallen dramatically.

Thus one should be wary of rejoicing in the numbers staying on. It is not a positive choice but results from necessity. It is also temporarily massaging the unemployment figures.

M Hessian

Charlton, Manchester