Scottish graduates are being advised by Jobcentre staff to remove
degrees from their CVs
Scottish news: Scottish Graduates advised to remove degrees from CVs to find ‘survival jobs’
by Cameron Ings-Hodgson and Amy Lenathen
Graduates are being encouraged to dumb down their CVs by Jobcentre staff to increase their chances of finding work according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).
According to the survey carried out by CAS on 1,000 graduates, two thirds agreed that the Jobcentre was not contributing towards finding a career.
A 25-year-old law graduate told CAS: "At the (Jobcentre) group meetings we were encouraged to leave any degree off the CV to help us find more plentiful unskilled work. Nobody would employ me as a cleaner if I had a degree. I was told to stop looking for graduate work and take a 'survival' job."
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However, according to Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance, Scotland had the highest rate of graduate employment in the UK in 2010-2011. Ms Constance said: "More than 90% of Scottish students went on to employment or further study, with graduates from Scottish universities also reporting the highest average starting salary in the UK at £21,000”.
Alastair Sim of Universities Scotland lashed out at the CAS survey stating that: "The results of the Citizens Advice survey are statistically invalid. The survey, and all media coverage to promote it, was deliberately and unashamedly targeted at graduates who have struggled to find work.
Mr Sim said: "There is no denying that the recession has had a negative impact on all young people and graduates have not been immune.
However, national statistics on graduate destinations from HESA show that despite tough times 93 percent of graduates from Scotland go on to positive destinations within only six months of graduating and of those in jobs, over two-thirds are entering directly into professional and managerial jobs.”
When questioned by the Scottish Times about the CAS survey Mr Sim stated that:
"Constant negativity around young people's prospects can be damagingly demotivational and may dissuade learners from pursuing the university studies which will give them the best possible prospects in a tough economy.
Putting the data's fundamental flaws to one side, we do welcome the more constructive policy analysis, support and recommendations within the Citizens Advice report.
Employability is embedded into the curriculum at every university across Scotland and Universities Scotland is currently working with employers organisations, CAS, NUS Scotland and others to define the next steps in enhancing graduate employability."
NUS Scotland President Robin Parker said: "Getting a degree remains a huge advantage for getting a job and still very worthwhile more generally. It's those without qualifications or with low-level qualifications that will be worst off in this unemployment crisis."
With the UK economy in crisis it does appear as though graduates and young people generally face increasing hardship finding high quality jobs. Stimulus and quantitative easing provide a boost to short term jobs in either the public or service sectors.
This paints a better picture for unemployment figures and so suits politicians however the reality is that high value posts are shrinking faster encouraging graduates to either take up internships or seek opportunities abroad.
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