Friday, May 23, 2014

The employability gap

The Guardian This is my current mantra. Most academics are only interested in producing clones who they foolishly imagine will follow the same career path as themselves (So many PhD students, so few jobs).

Just because your research is the most important thing in your life doesn't mean that it is important.

... if we always assume that particular subjects must lead to particular jobs, too many students will believe that the choices they make at 16 and 18 will define their career path for the rest of their lives.

... although there are plenty of Stem graduates, employers say they do not always have the additional skills needed. And it's not just employers, students are asking to be trained to be employable too. A National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) survey found that 92% of students want placements, work experience and internships to be a part of their university experience. However, less than half have had access to them, and a quarter want more links between their university and business.

We must stop giving universities employability ratings based on the first job a graduate gets, or the one they are in just six months after graduation. Instead, we should measure the advancement of graduates early in their careers, through promotions and upward moves across sector and role. We will then have a better picture of how universities are doing and how much value higher education is adding to the workplace.

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