Who cares what some firms do? That's like saying the Magic Circle doesn't hold any prestige because there are some random one man band lawyers out there.(Original post by Bill_Gates)
Some firms take students on straight after GCSE/A level. Some offers are as low as 200 ucas points!
I know so many people doing it now, just watch the wages collapse.
It doesn't hold any prestige any more.
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