IntroductionLike everyone else, I also hope that by the end of my studies I will do the work that I wish for, in the country and company of my dream, and even earn as much I wish to. But I have to admit that not everything will work out as I wish. But that is no excuse not to do something about my future. If such a dream could come true, it would not unless I prepare myself for it. On the other hand, if it does not, I still have the obligation to go on.
The key to both is self-realization, an evaluation of one’s self. This is something that I have consciously undertaken in my years at the university, knowing that whatever happens will take ‘me’ to deal with. This paper is a personal development. These are sections of my dream and tools that ‘I’ have to help them come true. Graduate Employability EnvironmentUntil the massive expansion of higher education in the UK between the late 1980s and early 1990s most institutions of higher education people took graduate employability for granted.
As it were, most graduate easily got satisfactory work not long after graduation. Types of job available for students were clearly defined and one only had to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to get a specific job. And from the 1970’s many employers began to complain that most graduates lacked the relevant skills needed. Still, still most employers took them (HEFCE, 2003). Today, things are not as easy. Indeed, the job market has grown increasingly competitive and elusive. For instance, Hill (2012) returned to the university to pursue a course leading to a postgraduate degree in film production, her dream career.
However, since her graduation in 2010, she is still looking for work. All this despite her over ten years of experience in professional work in a range of fields, including office management, executive assistant and supervision roles in marketing, publishing, law and commercial property development industries. Many other mature postgraduates like her, who commented on her post express the same- albeit varied- problems. This scenario makes one wonder, myself included, what exactly gets one a job. Besides high competition for ‘graduate’ jobs, it is notable that only a few graduates are getting jobs related to their degrees.
Related to this is the fact that most graduates find that the advertised jobs either do not match their skills or reward them accordingly for the four years spent at the university. I have been investigating the characteristics of and trends in the contemporary job market. These can generally be discussed under the criteria for recruitment that most managers use. Recruitment criteriaQualification: This is on aspect that has become increasingly important in recent years.
A survey by HEFCE found that almost all line managers thought a degree represents an individual’s ability to learn in the process of work. On a related note, many also thought going to the university facilitates the development of interpersonal/social skills (HEFCE, 2003).