So, I thought this might happen. Following exams, graduation and a (very) short break, Iím not in New York training for my new job. As a result, I havenít updated my blog in ages.
Still, New York is a nice place to have job training! Though thereís not as much here as you would think. After two weeks I think youíve pretty much seen all there is to offer.
Anyway, Iíll be posting further updates on my return to the UK. Which isnít too long away, fortunately!
As Stephanie Flanders points out today, one of the options for reducing the horrifying budget deficit over the next 10-20 years is raising the state retirement age. For the record, this was done for women (raising the age from 60 to 65) quite recently, so a further jump would, for women, represent 10 extra years added to their working lives in a very short time period.
That aside, I think itís a good policy. By the time it comes in life expectancy will be well over 80 years, and the gap between retirement age and life expectancy reduced to more like the orignal maths under which the state pension was based (as detailed in this Panorama programme).
So, slightly later than planned I get around to writing on Robert Pestonís talk. There wasnít anything controversial here, or even anything that he hasnít said before on his excellent blog. However, it was good to hear the financial crisis summed up in a concise and connected way.
I have to say that I take a different view of the crisis so far than most other commentators. Banks have certainly had a lot to do with the crisis, and Iím certainly not going to deny that here, but one of the areas not considered properly by the mainstream media is that of consumer debt.
The consumer debt boom was and is a huge problem, and it seems that most ordinary people in the world are not willing to accept their obvious roles in the crisis.
So, after almost 3 years of studying for a degree at Cambridge, I feel qualified to talk about the life of a Cambridge student. What itís like at other universities I couldnít say, hence the title of this article.
Firstly, it has become obvious over the years that university life is what you make of it. I hate cliches, but in this case itís hard to put it any other way. I know people who have gone through university enjoying themselves while still getting the grades (usually, a 2:1 or 2:2) which most people graduating from Oxbridge would be reasonably happy with. These people might have been capable of more, but generally arenít bothered, so long as they are enjoying life.
At the other end of the scale are the people who have locked themselves in their rooms and hardly left in 3 years. I would say that Cambridge has more than the average number of people like this. Some of them may be geniuses, but by and large they are people that work very hard and get good, but not exceptional, results in return.