As we live our lives in self-isolating, socially distanced bubbles, I started thinking about the parallels between my experience graduating in the early 80s (1982 if you really must know) and the likely experience facing the class of 2020.
There’s no getting away from it, the times we are living through are like nothing experienced in living memory for the most of us but, pandemic aside, there are some interesting corollaries with my time graduating during an economic downturn. Brace yourself, it won’t be pretty but better days do lie ahead.
So, what was happening back then in the early 1980s? Well, let me see, there was the Falklands War, we had the worst recession since the 1930s with 3 million people unemployed – and that was probably an underestimate and the mortgage rate reached an eye-watering 17%. There was the miner’s strike, riots, Maggie was waging war on the unions and jobs were difficult to find and I mean really difficult to find. There was one ray of hope at least – breakfast telly began broadcasting for the first time.