The question for universities is no longer whether to offer work-integrated learning but how to do it well, especially now that digital technology has expanded the scale of what is possible.
Universities shouldn’t only attend to the knowledge and skills graduates need for work but also the factors that give graduates a better chance of earning a living and participating in society.
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?
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.
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.
Despite the hype about STEM skills, research shows interpersonal, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills will make you more employable in the 21st century.
Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
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.
Horrors of job discrimination.
Don’t just rely on your degree certificate to get a job after university. Work on your employability too.
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.
Skills that make young people employable should be a priority.
Confusing short-term jobs with long-term career outcomes is a distraction from the real issues in science higher education.
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.
Some big employers are changing their entry criteria – and grades are less and less important.
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 dramatically and even those who get to university feel side-lined.