There’s a Universities Fair in Dubai next week – suitable for anyone of about age 13 upwards who may be planning for the future. It’s 5-9pm Thursday evening and 3-9pm on Friday and Saturday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The phone number to find out more is 04 3355001
Whether you’re intending to go to university or straight into employment, and no matter which country you’re thinking of university-wise if that’s your route, this whole process is about two things:
- selecting with great care exactly the right route for yourself and making those applications, and
- using the excitement about your future to motivate yourself to be the best you can right now, because you are facing raw and brutal levels of competition from right across the world.
You can download and review the powerpoint from the PSHE session on 7/2/12, or find out how to book a meeting with me to talk about your future. (Note that you can also invite your parents to meet with me if it helps them or you think through the process.)
In the meanwhile, make sure you’re following this blog (use the sign up by email feature on the right) and that you’re already using your spare time to start to look at universities online. Most will have their prospectuses as downloadable PDFs.
Why not start at the Guardian’s 2012 league table of British universities?
While we’re on the topic of positive thinking, you should avoid getting too down because this blog links you to a load of depressing articles about the future being bleak. If you’re well-qualified, you’ll find a way to do well. Try reading this TES article about a government review which found A-levels are as tough as any equivalent qualification worldwide.
By the same token, you might be interested in the New York Times’ rejection of the UK government’s insistence that everything is disaster in the real economy: they call it “self-inflicted misery”.
Whilst we need to be aware that the world economy is an increasingly difficult place – for both jobs / careers and also for business – don’t forget the international value of a British-style education. A-level is still, in many senses, the “gold standard” internationally.