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Which country are you talking about?

March 10, 2011


This quote from Julie Burchill:

Universities have become for the most part holding pens for kids who would otherwise be swelling the ranks of the unemployed.

is almost exactly what I heard this afternoon on a talk radio show.  However, the radio guest was speaking about Egypt where huge numbers of young adults get into college but there are no jobs when they graduate.  Egypt has actually increased the enrollment in colleges which has only exacerbated the problem.

Sharing a problem in common with Egypt is not a good thing.


(Quote via Five Feet of Fury.)

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  1. March 11, 2011 3:59 pm

    It was the same in Cuba as well. Everybody we saw at the resort we stayed at had a university degree of some sort, and very few of them were working in the field they trained. One of the common questions that my gf’s dad kept asking is “What do you trade for the oil you’re using”. We found out when we got back that Cuba trades doctors (about 50K) to Venezuela for all they oil they can use.

    I spoke to a career day class on behalf of accounting this week. They asked what advice I would give. My advice was to state that 40 years ago, a university degree was advised because they were rare – high school was common and required for most jobs… Now, after 40 years of counsellors advising people to go to university, we’re in a situation where university degrees aren’t enough. I encouraged the students that if they were going into accounting, that a university degree wouldn’t take them into the upper echelons of any career and that they should get something beyond a degree, whatever that something might be. I hope they listened.

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