Do Graduates Get A Job Which Relates To Their Degree?
I will start this post off by saying YES! Too many graduates are going into different fields to what they were studying at university. I know many people who went university and have graduated. I don’t believe that I know one individual who has taken up a job in the same sector as their degree.
The question we must ask ourselves is this; are students taking the wrong courses? I don’t believe they are personally because I do believe that the courses they are taking do set them up for life and for future jobs. In any course, there are many skills you obtain along the way as well as your degree. These skills can easily be transferable to the workplace. So why aren’t graduates obtaining a job which relates to their degree?
I do feel like there is a lack of advice about which skills are needed to break into certain industries for sure. It is all well and good having the skills but if you do not know what you are going to be using those skills for, then it is no wonder that students are not getting jobs which are relevant to their degree.
Universities should have a scheme internally where you can match your skills to certain jobs and then this would allow students to know of jobs which are applicable to them and relevant to what they are learning. Placements are a good implementation by universities for certain degrees. These allow students to see if the placement they go on (this is always relevant to their degree) is what they want to do in the future. In some cases, there is a job offer at the end of this so placements will also decrease the number of graduates not obtaining jobs in the relevant industry.
One good thing to come out of the fact that graduates are not going into their relevant field is that it allows them to utilise their skills more fluidly and creatively. They are not restricted to what they have been doing for the past three to four years. It also gives graduates a new perspective on the world and the job industry. They are not focused and limited to one job industry but rather they can meet new people with different histories and be exposed to new cultures and working environments.