Thousands of pupils throughout the country picked up their A Level results at the end of August. My daughter was one of them. Having spent the last two years flicking through glossy university prospectuses marketing a wealth of degrees and courses, there was a constant reminder about the value of knowledge and skills.
Whether going to university, college or work, each new entrant into the elusive job market will have to embrace some form of training or development. More formalised settings such as university, lectures, essays and presentations will give students in-depth subject knowledge. In more vocational and technical jobs, apprenticeships are an excellent form of learning, mixing college and on-the-job experience. Both reinforce that learning is an essential part of any career, which is articulated everytime I train on CEDR’s mediator skills course.
On the last course, there was a mix of barristers, solicitors, HR specialists, estate agents, architects, academics, insurers and directors, all there to contribute to their professional development. The course is not purely for those wishing to become a full-time Mediator, although if the assessment is passed you will become a CEDR Accredited Mediator, but those with the responsibility for resolving and managing disputes in a variety of contexts.
As I fly to Pakistan to work with, amongst others, the Lahore judiciary, I am struck by the value of knowledge and skills development no matter your age or chosen career. For a generation of school leavers this is an exciting and tumultuous period of change which starts when you collect your statement of results.