Thursday, October 24, 2013

Universities and Students are NOT the problem in Canada, Businesses are -- w.r.t. labour shortages / mismatch

From the link: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/story.html?id=9074603

The problem with employment in Canada is not with universities and the students they graduate, but in how Canadian business leaders perceive and deploy the available talent.

Yes, it is true that not all students know computer programming and not all are good at quantitative skills. However, they are trainable. The problem is that businesses want ready made workers with experience -- problem is how can fresh graduates have the expertise and experience given that they just got out of schools and universities. Please read the article at the link above.

A U.S. study ranked unemployment by university degree obtained: The jobless rate for:
  • Information technology specialists was 14.7 per cent
  • Architects 12.8 per cent
  • Economists 10.7 per cent
  • Accounting 8.8 per cent
  • Computer science graduates 8.1 per cent  
  • Business management 7.8 per cent. 
  • Theatre arts graduates 6.4 per cent
Liberal arts graduates at 8.1 per cent, had the same unemployment rate as mechanical engineers, and were only marginally worse off than electrical or civil engineers at 7.6 per cent.

Post-secondary enrolment in the life sciences, engineering, computer sciences, math and the physical sciences increased every year from 1999 to 2009.

The problem, it seems, is not that there is a dearth of talent, but that business leaders expect universities to provide what only their businesses can provide — practical experience.
A 2012 study reports that while there is an abundance of young engineers in Canada, employers are demanding of new hires the same experience levels as the retiring engineers they wish to replace. This is just dumb strategy and incompetent human resources management.

Frankly, business leaders should stop their tiresome bleating, start hiring smart young people who have shown their ability to learn, and begin mentoring the talent that will empower their companies to compete in the increasingly competitive global marketplace for decades to come.

It is time for businesses to STOP BLAMING STUDENTS AND UNIVERSITIES, AND START DOING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE -- GIVE BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE to work and succeed.

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