University of Con

Not strictly nursing we know– c Carol Dimon 2014

The achievement grades of UK  Secondary schools or colleges largely depends on how many pupils go to University . Government push people to attend university despite the introduction of private loan companies to chase them for their loan repayment, come what may (Nightingale 2014 ). There are glass promises of higher paid jobs or better type of jobs. Yet this illusion is shattered for many resulting in depression or poverty ( Webster 2014 ).”Almost half of all university leavers are now working in non-graduate jobs (Copping 2013)- media studies graduates are the worst. Whether or not this means full time or permanent contracts, is unknown. For example, how many now work in McDonalds? There are cases of people who have a PHD working in McDonalds (Nightingale 2014 ). Banksy says it all in an image (homeless professor) . As stated (Copping 2013) “But for those who are fresh out of university, the prospects of finding that first job remain gloomy”.

In nursing, 2 thirds of newly qualified nurses in the UK cannot get a job in nursing in the UK (Nightingale 2014). Whilst there is no official figure regarding this- there is an urgent need to obtain one when the government pays for nurses to do their training. 35% of newly qualified midwives in the UK cannot obtain a job either (RCM 2013). Of course there are additional factors, more experienced nurses are needed (HEE) or jobs may be needed but not available. Plus nurses who qualify (if they trained at all) overseas are cheaper and complain less (Duell in Dimon 2014). There is a shortage of engineers in the UK (bbc.co.uk/news 2014). It is important similarly, to note how many newly qualified engineering graduates cannot obtain jobs. This may indicate a shortfall in their education or preparation. Harris (2014) suggests that this could be the case “The problem is even more severe when it comes to more specialised skills such as nuclear engineering, where the problem also starts to affect the larger firms. Geoff McFarland, group engineering director of Renishaw, explained how the company was forced to divest its acquired MRI equipment division after failing to find people with the right expertise to take it forward. ‘The only ones available were from overseas,’ he said.  Many comments to this article support this with descriptions of new engineering graduates who could not obtain jobs.

Meanwhile ” more than half of all people claiming a new PhD have a fake degree” (Bear, Ezell 2012 ) and some certificates are completed by buying ready –done assignments- legally accepted in the UK but not all Universities are able to identify that this has been done, or action would be taken.

Hence there is a thriving industry in this . Ex – graduates who cannot get a job, are now paid for producing assignments for others.

As Popenici states, Universities are an industry (2013 ), overseas students pay much higher fees (Nightingale 2014) but are their initial certificates genuine?

We churn students out to a desert of illusion.

Yet the top Universities are still Oxford and Cambridge ( universityguide ) based on such issues as student satisfaction and graduate prospects. Whether or not Oxford and Cambridge graduates have more opportunity of gaining a job is debatable (Ratcliffe 2013) but there are more graduates from Oxford in politics (Nightingale 2014).

Some employers now frown on any qualification due to the above problems. It is well known that such as Pete Stringfellow, Alan Sugar and Richard Branson achieved much within the business field despite not attending University, but such opportunities may not exist today. Try asking your local church as Pete Stringfellow did, if they will allow you to commence a weekly disco there- and see what the response is.

Then why shunt people to University? They are then excluded form the jobless figure.

Who cares about their future?

I suggest that any student considering University does their research. One question that is paramount is how many students who completed the course last year obtained a job within the related field?

It is essential to do some voluntary work or a related job if possible with your hours of education. Voluntary work may include for example working in a community café for people studying nursing or psychology. Some students are taught only 2 days a week for their degree course.

Remain active within the field by conference attending, commentating, speaking or writing.

Even then there are no promises. Nothing arrives on a plate.

Today what is the likelihood of the young or mature students, actually doing what job they want to do, or working within the field that they want to work in? Many graduates enter teaching for example. Of course through history, many could not attend University despite being intelligent enough as their families were unable to afford it. This problem may well escalate. Are we focussing on the right thing? Is a University Degree the ultimate panacea? Many argue that education stifles thinking and knowledge being curriculum based and politically driven (Dalile 2012,Tullock, Hamdulluhpur 2013).

References

BBc.co.Uk/news (2014) Engineering Group Warns On Skills Shortage e7,5 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27303888

Bear J, Ezell A (2012) Does your Doctor have  a fake Degree? alternet.org.uk

Copping J (2013) Almost Half Of All University Leavers Take Non-Graduate Jobs 19.1 The Telegraph.co.uk

Dalile L (2013) How Schools Are Killing Creativity 4.10 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Dimon C (2014) The Commodity of Care Cloister House Press

Harris S (2014) Why are Engineering Firms Struggling To Recruit Graduates 15.4 http://www.theengineer.co.uk/channels/skills-and-careers/in-depth/why-are-engineering-firms-struggling-to-recruit-graduates/1018391.article

Nightingale L (2014) lenin2u.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/sale-of-student-debt-to-corporate-bloodsuckers/

Nightingale L (2014) PHD Plethora https://nursebloginternational.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/phd-plethora/

Nightingale L https://nursebloginternational.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/fake-degrees-and-commercialisation-of-universities/

Popenici S , Kerr S (2013) What Undermines Higher Education : And How This Impacts Employment, Democracies, And our Economies amazon.com

Ratcliffe R (2013) Is Oxbridge All Its Cracked Up to Be ? theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/10/is-it-worth-applying-to-oxford-and-cambridge

RCM (2013) https://www.rcm.org.uk/content/new-midwives-can%E2%80%99t-find-jobs

http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

Tulloch N, Hamdullaphur (2013) How To Stop High School From Stifling Creativity 30.9 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/

Webster H (2014) http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/06/20/no-job-how-new-grads-can-cope-with-depression

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