How can students accelerate their transition from education to work?

Study International | March 01, 2019

How can students accelerate their transition from education to work?
With the 21st century comes new challenges that young adults need to understand and adapt to accordingly, and at times, these things may require them to develop brand-new knowledge or skill sets.As reports suggest that many graduates across the world do not immediately find work upon graduation, how can prospective graduates circumvent this problem?The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) CEO Jan Owen AM noted in FYA’s report, titled The New Work Reality, that “young Australians face a number of significant barriers when seeking full-time work. When we removed common activities that young people do, such as gap years and returning for further education to look more deeply at the period we found it took on average 2.6 years to transition from leaving education to full-time work.” Conversely, its 2017 report said it takes on average 4.7 years for a person to transition from full-time education to full-time employment.While the barriers to finding full-time employment may vary between countries, the report found that the following are some barriers to finding full-time work in the Australian context: Meanwhile, in the American context, Phil Gardner, Director of Michigan State Employment Center, said to The Washington Post that “three primary developments in the job market make it more difficult for today’s graduates compared to their parents”.These include a shift in the size and makeup of companies recruiting on campuses, which has altered the hiring process; employers raising the bar on the skills workers need to start a job, in addition to being less involved in employee training; and the increased velocity of today’s economy (e.g. technology and globalisation disrupting industries, and the pressure faced by institutions to help students find precise routes into careers when those routes don’t exist anymore).

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Despite the overwhelming emphasis that the United States has placed on a traditional four-year college degree, the return on investment of such degrees has been shrinking since the 1970’s.2 Today, a significant proportion of the currently available jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.3 Yet even at the nation’s community colleges, the majority of degrees are conferred in liberal arts, general studies, and humanities.

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Spotlight

Despite the overwhelming emphasis that the United States has placed on a traditional four-year college degree, the return on investment of such degrees has been shrinking since the 1970’s.2 Today, a significant proportion of the currently available jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.3 Yet even at the nation’s community colleges, the majority of degrees are conferred in liberal arts, general studies, and humanities.