The UK Educational System

An Englishman talks about the best thing about living in the UK, which for him is the good educational system.

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What's the best thing about living in the UK?

Well, it's definitely not the weather we only get a handful of really nice days a year, the rest of the time it tends to be quite grey and rainy.

But the best thing has to be opportunity. We actually have a really good educational system, which means you can learn skills in quite specialist areas.

Myself, I got a degree in creative advertising, which, from a teacher's perspective, is something incredibly niche to teach students.

My friend, he went on to become a (an) archaeologist, through studying history and doing an archaeology degree. He's the boring kind of archaeologist, not the 'Indiana Jones' type.

And we also have apprenticeships, which are for mechanics, and builders, and some quite specialist engineering jobs as well that allow you to get on-the-job experience and be paid, but also learn at the same time, because a lot of the time you apply for jobs and they ask for experience, and if you're kind of fresh out of school, you don't have any of it.



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