Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)
How to Raise Students Job Hunting Game
CARL Gilleard is chief executive of The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and is a member of the new Enhancing Student Employability Co-ordination Team (ESECT).
UNIVERSITIES are attracting twice as many students as a decade ago. It's a largely unsung success story for British education and a trend that's looking good for reaching the Government's ambitious target of one-in-two young people experiencing higher education by 2010.
I fully understand why the Government is keen to move to a universal higher-education system.
First, we need a well-educated, highly skilled workforce to compete globally. Secondly, workers who know how to learn are vital as technology accelerates the rate of change in the workplace. Thirdly, it can help bring about social inclusion - a good education is the best route to social and economic standing that I know of.
There are, however, important issues to be tackled if universal higher education is to succeed not least, how to meet the rising expectations of students who increasingly invest hard cash as well as time and effort in gaining a degree.
Most choose to go to university in the belief that it will lead to a better quality of life. At one time a degree virtually guaranteed a good career and all that went with it: pay, status and security. …