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It's that time of year again. The dreaded AS and A-level exam results have been recorded and digested. Depending on how you did, the big question is, what to do now?
While you're doing that, spare a thought for another group of people who've just finished some important exams, too. It's also degree results time - and, while the same question, what do I do now, equally applies, it might be asked with a bit more desperation.
Imagine. You've done the uni thing - or what bits of it you can remember. You had a great social life, made some good mates and even wrote some essays which must have been half right because you've been awarded a degree. The thing is, you haven't been awarded a job unless you are in the tiny percentage of undergraduates who were recruited at university by a bank, engineering company or the armed services.
Yes. It's a tough job market out there for the majority of new graduates. But now, there's another twist to this story. A recent YouGov poll found that half the usual graduate employers in Britain are finding their new recruits totally unprepared for the workplace.
The poll, conducted on behalf of the Good Universities Guide, found that the vast majority of graduates were lacking the key skills of teamwork, determination, communication and punctuality. Now, there is an argument that schools and home life might have taken some responsibility here, but it's abundantly clear that universities are largely failing to prepare their students for the real world of work.
There is always that old cliché that every generation complains about the new one, suggesting they've all had it too easy. However, this poll's results would at least seem to support the oldies - that is, graduates do seem to be having it all too easy (at least while they're at uni) and employers are outraged, not so much by a lack of practical experience, more by the ridiculous sense of entitlement displayed by their new, graduate intake. Somebody, somewhere must be telling undergraduates that they don't need to worry about a job because they've got a degree. That, or university tutors are not taking the opportunity to advise their students on practical matters. Like not having an attitude when they meet a prospective employer.
Contrast this with a school leaver who trains to be an apprentice. The work place will be no less daunting a place for a young, inexperienced person but a good manager will be able to temper any false sense of entitlement as an apprentice gets stuck into the job they've actively chosen to do. Employers are now creating more apprenticeships and actively seeking more apprentices to fill the gaps left by badly advised graduates. Some might say that common sense is prevailing. Have a look on the Uni's not for me website ( www.unisnotforme.com) and have a look through our advice and guidance on apprenticeships and other alternatives to university.
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