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Open-source software offers graduates 'easy transition to world of work'
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
The increasing use of open-source software in higher education institutions is making it easier for students to make the transition to graduate jobs, it has been claimed.
Making his comments via the ZDNet blog Dana Blankenhorn notes that modern business disciplines such as programming, marketing and support can all be modelled while in education.
"The idea that you can model the job you want, and actually do much of it, before you seek a job, this border between school and work will get fuzzier-and-fuzzier," he added.
In particular, business students may find they can use such software to launch start-up businesses before they graduate, Mr Blankenhorn suggested.
He concluded that working in this manner while at university can help individuals liaise with people in their chosen profession and measure their own productivity before embarking on a graduate career.
Meanwhile, writing for Sky News, Professor Ellis Cashmore of Staffordshire University recently asserted that an unusual degree can help people find a graduate job.
He noted that students whose degree incorporated contemporary issues and debates are viewed highly by employers.