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My family have been fully supportive of me living at home
There are relatively high opportunities for seasonal work locally due to the tourist trade. However full time jobs are pretty sparse and skilled jobs are very hard to come by. Living independently is very expensive locally and as most work is seasonal renting accommodation just seems like a huge drain on money, that could otherwise be spent financing going away in the winter.
I think that there’s a huge amount of pressure put on to young people to apply for university. Very little information is given to people taking academic subjects about alternative routes toward employment within the education system. I guess this is in part due to the fact that it reflects well on an institution if they can say that they’ve helped large amounts of students go to university; even if that does not necessary mean it will lead to employment. I feel like there is also pressure put on young people to be successful in wider society and although success is a fairly subjective you feel like you have to try and justify not going straight though further education or into a corporate job to others.