Is University education preparing
graduates for unemployment?
For many youngsters, going to university is an increasingly effective way to
prepare them for unemployment.University courses, provide an education that
suits neither students nor their employers. Significant mismatch between
course and jobs is a key reason for our outrageously high levels of youth
A report by world respected Mc Kinsey Consultants, survey showed that
University graduates are ill prepared for work once they graduate; the main
problem is University and work are very different. In the USA, half of all
graduates say they would pick a subject which has better employment
prospects if they had to do it all over again.
Astonishing, statistics show that 15 percent of US taxi drivers have university
degrees. Even worse, almost 50% of university graduates are employed in
jobs that don’t even require a degree. Similar trends to the US are found in
the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal and other industrialized
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics only 27 percent of jobs in the U.S.
require at least an undergraduate degree and the number of these competing
for these jobs are much higher – thus leading to the number of unemployed
college graduates likely to grow over the next decade.
Is it that our nations are too hooked on degrees and maybe, should more
effort be poured into apprenticeship programs, given that we have a situation
where there are too many graduates chasing too few graduate jobs.
Whatever the answer, it seems the situation is unlikely to improve in coming years.
Faheem Hassan is an online educational consultant, expert and journalist and
has helped schools across the world build a westernized educational model yet
help them keep the eastern moral values of life. Recent projects include helping
incredible Tutoring set up an international online tutoring presence in the US,
Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Russia.
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