17 May '11, 9pm

Bosses want 'plug and play', not creative employees

Each year produces more graduates who experience increasing difficulty in finding employment here. Recent statistics show that as many as 30 per cent of last year's cohort remained unemployed nine months after graduation. One of the dilemmas facing universities is determining how to match graduate output with the country's manpower needs. This is because enrolments have to be set at least four years in advance. For example, during the boom in life sciences (my course of study) in 2001, life sciences graduates were hot property but universities failed to produce sufficient numbers to match the demand. Now, such graduates are facing tough times. In my view, human resource professionals can help by creatively seeking out what the graduate employee can contribute to the organisation - look at the individual as a whole rather than stick rigidly to the job specification. I have ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110518-0000200/Bosse...

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