Completing two degrees at the same time can increase graduates' rate of success in finding full-time work by up to 40%.
There are a few things South Africa needs to do to close the gap between what the education system produces and what the job market needs.
When a degree is not enough, how can students make themselves more employable?
Academics who are closely aligned to professional practices in health professions, engineering, teaching and social work also value work integrated learning highly.
Work Integrated Learning includes placements, internships and work experience. It is increasing as students are expected to be more work-ready and to contribute to the economy post-graduation.
For universities to produce employable graduates, they need to work collaboratively with industry partners in educating their students.
To make graduates employable and close the training gap, we need to strengthen links to industry and pay attention to the changing needs of businesses.
High level interpersonal and problem solving skills are what will make you employable in a digital world.
Despite the hype about STEM skills, research shows interpersonal, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills will make you more employable in the 21st century.
Northern Territory has the highest proportion of Indigenous school students.
Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
Is school the most important part of education?
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
From 2017, students will be assessed on skills such as problem solving.
Teaching students skills such as creative thinking and problem solving will become part of the curriculum from 2017. But in order to assess these capabilities, teaching styles will have to change.
Job searching made more difficult.
Horrors of job discrimination.
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Don't just rely on your degree certificate to get a job after university. Work on your employability too.
Is the benefit of a university education overstated?
Young people today will need to be more flexible and more entrepreneurial than in the past. Universities can help by designing courses that will have value in a rapidly changing economy.
Daily life for young men in Baghdad.
Skills that make young people employable should be a priority.
Science graduates struggle to find jobs straight after graduation.
Confusing short-term jobs with long-term career outcomes is a distraction from the real issues in science higher education.
Is it fair to say universities are letting employers down?
Young people are pressured into university and many end up in unsuitable courses. We need to recognise these realities and be clear about the purpose of higher education so it doesn't lose its value.
Make the most of being a student.
Some big employers are changing their entry criteria – and grades are less and less important.
Is university all about being job-ready?
Universities are cutting and streamlining their courses in an attempt to make graduates more employable. But lots of graduates are still struggling to find work, so why isn’t it working?
The number of part-time students has dropped off a cliff.
Studying at night via Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley/www.shutterstock.com
The number of part-time students has dropped dramatically and even those who get to university feel side-lined.
University via Jonny Habell/www.shutterstock.com
The higher education sector needs to think what it can offer to the average taxpayer.
Taste of success.
It’s that time of year when undergraduates who want to continue their studies are busily looking around for advice on which masters degree to apply for and school leavers are pondering their university…