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Universities Must Produce Graduates Who are Ready for any Workplace


There should be nothing alien in the idea of a maths graduate running a hospital department, or a classics student going into engineering. Theevidence suggests that employers are recruiting graduates for jobs outside their specialisms.

Unfortunately, if we always assume that particular subjects must lead to particular jobs, too many students will believe that the choices they make at 16 and 18 will define their career path for the rest of their lives.

There are, of course, career paths that demand certain qualifications, but the choice isn’t as clear-cut as you might assume. Only in medicine and its allied professions are you likely to stay firmly rooted.

Students studying, say, English, creative and design courses or engineering are just as likely to end up in teaching, healthcare or estate management as something more obviously tied to their course.

Employers want better-prepared graduates

As there are fewer certainties about what career a degree will lead to, employers want graduates to be better prepared for the workplace. Universities need to be thinking about the skills they will need to do well in a job.