David McWilliams: Grinds, an educational leg-up for €3,200 a year

School-leavers must not just go to university, they must go to the ‘best’ university

“The points show that there is also an entrenched university hierarchy in the minds of parents, despite the proliferation of places available.”

“The points show that there is also an entrenched university hierarchy in the minds of parents, despite the proliferation of places available.”

Lately, have you noticed an upsurge in business cards with people’s academic accomplishments emblazoned on them? It is not uncommon to come away from a conference with business cards exclaiming extraordinary educational achievements, even though these academic exploits have nothing to do with the job the hyper-qualified individual is actually doing.

The business card is, in reality, a social signaller. So rather than the card telling you that you have just met some bloke called Mick Murphy, giving you the email and mobile of this salesman who might give you a deal on your office’s cloud computing package, his business card bellows that you have just met someone called: Michael S Murphy jnr BA, BSc, ACA, FRM, CPA (NUI).

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