According to a study by totaljobs.com, two-fifths of graduates end up on the dole following graduation. This news builds on a remorseless barrage of negativity for our aspiring youngsters. It begins at college where poorer students no longer have access to the Education Maintenance Allowance. Then, those who will manage to overcome this and who want to get into a respectable university studying something traditional and rigorous have a much, much tougher time than their predecessors. Those who get into the university and course of their choice then become laden with enormous debts, and those who graduate will have to face the prospect of joblessness because they are deemed to be inadequate in some other respect.
Employers will wail in disbelief because these so-called graduates have no skills or skills of little relevance to anything important in the ‘real world’. Students have nothing but howls of incredulity, disdain and disappointment to look forward to. Nobody will give you a job because everyone wants you to have the pre-requisite experience, but not many will have the pre-requisite experience because employers won’t offer it unless you have some…previous experience. It really is an astoundingly absurd condition of the modern job market. And I hate it with some fervour.
Hate, however, is not a solution per se. But one solution might be for universities to abandon certain courses. To be absolutely blunt, if you are the type of person to commit three years of your life to a BA in ‘Wayne Rooney studies’ at some random university, then you sort of deserve a period of destitution so that you may spend some time engaged in genuine reflection. Secondly, the government should stop telling us that we’re all equally capable at everything. This message is a manifest nonsense and has probably contributed to the vast array of unemployed youth we have.
We should quite simply have fewer but more capable people going to university. As a result, we should have suitably rigorous courses producing a small number of graduates of the highest calibre competing with fewer other graduates for the same number of jobs. In a nutshell, competition in education and the job market has morphed into something grotesque. We should retrace our steps on this unfortunate route and revaluate our understanding of what is in people’s best interests.