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'Most graduates ill-prepared for workplace'
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in the public sector may be interested to hear that the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment has said that most university degrees are not enough to secure a top job.
Simon Culhane, the group's chief executive, said that the only degrees worth having were first or upper seconds from one of the top 20, or Russell Group, universities, the London Evening Standard reports.
He claimed that subjects such as business, maths and law are worthwhile, but that English history and other arts degrees are simply a waste of time.
He told the paper: "Today's graduates have a tough time. There are simply not enough jobs, which is why too many graduates are either serving coffee at Starbucks, or the equivalent, or have entered the employment market in jobs for which they are over-qualified.
"If a key reason for an individual wanting to take a degree is to get ahead, then unless they are studying a relevant, vocational qualification at a top university and expect to obtain a 2:1 or better, they would be well advised to take a gap year and then enter the industry of their choice."
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