READER REPORT:

Jobless? Blame your university

DON WOOD
Last updated 05:00 13/01/2013

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It makes me sound really old and grumpy, but if you're an unemployed graduate, your university is to blame!

You see, they love to grab you (mainly because of the fees that you bring) but do not tell you about the real world.

In my profession, graduates straight out of university take at least 18 months to two years before they can be considered worthwhile and make money for their employers.

When I attended university I did so on a part-time basis. I worked during the day (with some time off for lectures) and attended university at night. So as I learnt the theoretical side I was being trained in the practical side. My first jobs were menial - banking, licking stamps, collecting mail, balancing the petty cash book etc.

New graduates with no practical experience think that they should be given sophisticated top-end jobs without the experience or knowledge to adequately complete the task in a meaningful way. 

So do not blame the employers, blame your university!


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