From the Archive - 17.06.1977

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It's toff at the top ...

The girl from an independent school who told her careers teacher she was going to become a lady of leisure will find, if she has the time or energy to look, that her choice of profession has been documented and recorded for posterity.

The boy who became a male model and the others who decided to be philosophers, political scientists, saddlers or organ tuners are also noted in this year's report from the Independent Schools Careers Organisation.

The proportion of professional sportsmen (cricketers, golf pros, tennis and squash coaches, jockeys and horse trainers) remains the same as last year, but there is a decline in the number of those who opted for the crafts.

Even so, one became a welder, several are now carpenters and cabinet makers and one is a gunsmith.

The vast majority of those leaving independent schools last year chose to continue their education in universities or colleges. Just over 80 per cent of the girls and nearly 74 per cent of the boys went on to take a degree or other full-time course.

The most popular career for girls was secretarial work, with languages, nursing and science following close behind. Teaching, which was third in the league table two years ago, has slumped to sixth place.

... but daddy can still do the trick

Patronage gets an endorsement in the Independent Schools Careers Organisation bulletin this week. The dim 18-year-old who has left his fee-paying school with not even an O level to his name should get his pater to have a chat with the fellows at the club or on the golf links, the bulletin says. "Father should not hesitate to do a little place-seeking in the 18th-century style ... It still works."

But if daddy has got a few spare readies he can always get the young sprig into a training course somewhere. The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood can turn out a hewer for #163;3,000 or the Inchbald School of Design will produce a drawer.

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