UNI DE­GREE MAY NOT BE THE JOB

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

UNI­VER­SITY cour­ses are ex­pen­sive and leave many young peo­ple with long-term debt. Our best and bright­est are the fu­ture of Aus­tralia and need a strong ter­tiary sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate their climb to the top. But a re­cent study has shown that al­most a third of stu­dents did not know what type of ca­reer they would pur­sue af­ter they com­pleted their de­gree. Chang­ing job trends and the rush to dig­i­tal means some stu­dents will not have a pro­fes­sion to go to when they grad­u­ate. In­stead, there will be jobs like nano tech­ni­cian, cy­ber po­lice­man and vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence de­signer. And tra­di­tional em­ploy­ment struc­tures are chang­ing. Some high-pro­file multi-na­tional com­pa­nies are “em­ploy­ing for at­ti­tude, train­ing for skills” mean­ing they do not place a great em­pha­sis on a de­gree. They would rather hire some­one with mo­ti­va­tion and teach them the skills for the job. So it might pay to do some re­search into the fu­ture be­fore choos­ing a tra­di­tional path.

Rick Lee - re­gional editor

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