Are universities failing their graduates?

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“Our universities are failing us.”

By Richard Kirby: Universities are failing their graduates in many ways. My purpose in addressing such topics is not to chastise higher education, which I don’t believe can be reformed, but rather to warn future educational consumers and help more recent graduates improve their odds of career success.

 

 

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Value of a college degree in China – $44

Job fair in China for college graduates.

College students in the U.S. facing the misery of an anemic post-graduation job market have company in an unlikely-seeming place: China. Despite entering a robust economy that seemed to weather the financial crisis as if were it a middling squall, China’s college graduates on average make only 300 yuan, or roughly $44, more per month than the average Chinese migrant worker, according to statistics cited over the weekend by a top Chinese labor researcher and reported today by the Beijing Times (in Chinese).

 

 

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The Chinese skills disconnect may be an opportunity for us

Business in China are swamped with job applications from college graduates but have few jobs to offer.

The headline in he New York Times read “Degrees, but No Guarantees.” However, the story was not about the students graduating from American universities this season. Instead, it was about Chinese grads. Chinese businesses are swamped by job applications from graduating students but have few jobs to offer. As bad as our economy seems for our own grads, their prospects are better than China’s.

 

 

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History of the job market for new college graduates

Congratulations class of 2013: you weren’t the class of 2010.

For most undergrads, college graduation is an occasion to celebrate, but in this economy we know it’s also a time of gnawing, career-oriented dread for plenty others. Even at Harvard, where Oprah is sharing some words of wisdom at commencement this week, just 61 percent of soon-to-be grads told the Crimson that they had an actual job lined up. One in ten said they had no set plans for the future.

 

 

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Kirk McDonald: ‘Sorry, college grads, I probably won’t hire you’

Please learn a little computer programming.

Kirk McDonald: Dear college graduates:  The next month is going to be thrilling as you cross this major milestone in your education. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance, the congratulations, and the parties. But when it’s all over and you’re ready to go out into the world, you’d probably like to meet me, or others like me—I’m your next potential dream boss. I run a cool, rapidly growing company in the digital field, where the work is interesting and rewarding. But I’ve got to be honest about some unfortunate news: I’m probably not going to hire you.

 

 

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Exactly how many college graduates live back at home?

College graduates who are unemployed and have had to move back in with their parents have become a stock figure of the past few years and is helping to cement the Millennials’ reputation as the “Boomerang Generation.” How many of these graduates are returning to live with mom and dad ((or their aunt or uncle)?

 

 

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Chinese college graduates reluctant to pursue blue collar jobs

Graduates in China say no thank you to factory jobs.

Guangzhou, China, a city with a population of 15 million, is the hub of a manufacturing region where factories make everything from T-shirts and shoes to auto parts, tablet computers and solar panels. Despite the factories offering double-digit annual pay increases and better benefits, many are desperate for workers.

 

 

 

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Collegiate entrepreneurs important to sparking innovation out of universities: Study

Business, tech and entrepreneurship types – get to know your graduate and post-doctoral counterparts and encourage them to take advantage of the collegiate environment.

The “University Technology Transfer through Entrepreneurship: Faculty and Students in Spinoffs” study found that graduate and post-doctoral students are critical participants in university commercialization efforts.

 

 

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1 in 2 recent graduates are jobless or underemployed

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Graduates with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs.

The 2012 graduating classes in U.S. colleges are in for a rude awakening to the world of work.

The weak labor market has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.

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