Why do employers feel that grauates are not ready for the world of work
A lot of graduates are sitting at home and I think if they knew why their not being hired they can do something about those 'issues' for lack of a better word.
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A why question does not lend itself well to the debatewise format which is fundamentally for questions that have two sides. Particularly yes/no. You therefore might want to rephrase the question to something like 'Graduates are not ready for the world of work.' or 'are employers correct in thinking that graduates are not ready for the world of work?'
or it could be taken to mean Why (I say), do employers' feel that graduates are not ready for work?
To which a No point would be as follows:
Employers do not think graduates are unemployable, experienced graduates are preferred because they have job experience. However a non-graduate in the current job climate is worse off in comparison to graduates(experienced or not). A degree is always a plus. So is work experience.
Yes employers think fresh graduates with zero work experience are a waste of time
It's called a vicious cycle. You can't get a proper job without work experience and you can't get experience without a job. The catch is internships and odd jobs count as work experience as does pro bono, evangelist, unpaid volunteer work. Any leadership position you held in high-school or college or university may also count. So, you don't need proper job experience to get a proper job.
again this is in comparison to people with experience. Fresh graduate versus someone with on-the-job- experience equates to a preference for the latter candidate because s/he knows the work or has experience working and will have reasonable salary expectations and usable skills.
Work experience is more important than the degree
A student fresh out of university has a vast knowledge based on the writings and teaching of some very learned people. This knowledge is something that cannot be taken away from them.
However, in the real world, businesses do not work like the studies in the books portray. The student needs to be able to apply the knowledge he has been assimilating to a real world situation. Something that very few are capable of straight out of university. That is one of the reasons why lawyers have a period where they work as legal clerks. Just until they have proven that they can apply the knowledge.
Doctors, especially those in SA, have an intern period where they apply their knowledge. In South Africa, this extends to a period in a state hospital. Gives them the opportunity to diagnose in a controlled environment.
The student should take any job even if beneath his/her ambitions to start with. To gain work ethics and commitment to work. As I did to start, taking menial work before advancing to being an employer in my chosen career, and then deciding who to employ, the student who waited or the student who went to work ?.
What do you think?