My eldest has just turned 17, just received her AS-level results, and theoretically is supposed to be writing personal statements, reading prospectus's and generally making decisions.
School have piled on the pressure about this. Telling them that these are decisions that effect and shape the rest of their lives. Cue the scary music - DUN-DUN-DAH!!! Not surprisingly she is feeling rather panicked by this.
I feel incredibly sorry for this generation of teenagers. I know some will have aspirations or vocations that make these choices easy, but for many it is not so straight forward. They are constantly being bombarded with figures about youth unemployment, how much in debt they will be in when they leave university, and constant threats of removal of any benefits support if they end up in a low paid job, or no job at all.