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Many Swedish graduates stock in unemployment questioning the tenet of higher education

Monday, 02 April 2012
More than one in five college graduates in Sweden are out of work a year after graduation. But the differences between them lie in the courses they studies and that difference is great a new media report show.

Most area with difficulties to get a jobs are graduates who have studied natural sciences and humanities, but those who have performed studies in healthcare related studies find it easier to get a jobs quickly.

This reflects a situation where the economy is gradually moving inward with growing aging population. This means that the healthcare and ancillary services are higher on demand and such a trend will continue as the Swedish population looks to continue to be aging and services of doctors, nursing and care related workers will continue to be on demand.
The confederation of Swedish Enterprise showed in its new report "Higher Education Quality 2012" that an average of 82 percent of the students were engaged in some form of work or research for 6 -12 months after graduation.
67 per cent had a skilled work - in line with their degree or related qualification. The proportion who continued to study after graduation because they did not find a job was 16 percent. And most students reported that their experience in relation to contact with work during their training or education as inadequate.

“It is alarming that so many students believe that interaction during their training or education with the labour market was so poor,” says Patrick Krassén, higher education policy expert at Swedish Enterprise.

According to the survey, students who have had good cooperation with employers during training or education were 78 percent more likely to find work within three months of graduation. And the likelihood that their work reflect their background is 69 percent larger.

It is said that this also affects the starting salary by an average of 4.4 percent - which would account for more than a few hundred krona per month for a student who studied at undergraduate level.

The differences between the training areas are large in terms of how many people get some form of work 6 to 12 months after graduation, but also what percentage of students who believe they have a qualified job that matches their education.

The study shows for example that 61 percent of the students who studied humanities and theology at the undergraduate level have some kind of work but only 43 percent have a qualified job.

Best conditions are better for students who graduated within health care related qualifications where 88 percent of students at undergraduate level were at work and 80 percent had qualified labour.

Although higher education in general makes it easier to get a job the confederation of Swedish Enterprise argues that there is a matching problem. Many highly educated people do not work within their skilled jobs they trained to do, while companies have difficulty recruiting the right skills.
The confederation of Sweden Enterprise's data is based on telephone interviews with 10 025 students. That's almost half of all students who graduated between a July 1, 2010 and 31 June 2011.

The over question that has emerged is what is the importance of higher education if the economy can work well without the use to the so-called graduates?

In the UK for example there seems to be a growing campaign both on radio and various forms of media that higher education is useless. Could this be the future where only selected handful of people will be trained as doctors, lawyers and the like in Universities?
By Team

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