If woodworking is your passion, then go for it, advises Anselm Fraser, Principal of The Chippendale International School of Furniture – after all, life is too short for regretsA new group of students has just started on our professional course and, as always, they come from across the world. Not only is our nine-month course truly international, but our students are men and women of greatly different ages. Some are seeking a new career in retirement; others are looking to change careers and follow their creative passion. For me, that’s one of the problems with the higher education system: young people are told that to be a success, they must go to university. Partly, every school is judged on how many of its pupils go onto university and therefore cajole their students in that direction, but partly also, we’ve come to believe that university better offers a pathway to happiness and riches.
The trouble is that, for many young people, the university is the wrong choice. It gives them a degree, often in a subject that they don’t intend to pursue, and lands them in significant debt. Then, having gone into a safe job, they realise years later that they have a choice to make. Follow your heart, and find your passion, or just trundle on doing a job that gives you little or no satisfaction. It’s the reason why so many of our students fall into that category: they are creative people whose previous careers gave them no outlet for their creativity.
A universal unity
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