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The most common question asked these days by many graduates is “Why can’t I find a job?” and it is not a question just asked by graduates with average grades, in fact, it is most common among the ones with higher grades and GPAs.
There are multiple factors which contribute to the rise of this situation and that need to be looked into by all, especially by the ministry of education in Pakistan and corresponding educational institutes.
Your Learning is Our Earning
Most of the educational institutes are working on the agenda of “your learning is our earning”. If you visit the website of a particular educational institute, you will witness a long list of available courses and degree programs which you may opt for your learning. In the western world and highly developed countries, such institutes are known for their distinction in particular area of interest and student pursue them accordingly.
However, in Pakistan, the intake is more inclined according to the current trend. Each field of learning is more like a fashion trend which must be taught by every institute and learned by the students. This trend is smartly capitalized by the institutes and leave few exceptions, many lower their merits to increase the amount of intake. The story does not end here as the institute then allows their pioneer batches to pass out with high GPAs and marks without ensuring the same high-quality standards.
The biggest problem faced by most of the students is the lack of career counseling during their stay at the educational institutes. Even after completing the whole degree program, students are unaware of their career objectives. The gap between the life at the institute and the practical job world is immense. By the time they get to know the market dynamics, it is already too late for them as a lot of new students arrive in the market and the battle for grabbing a slot reaches a higher level.
By the time they get to know the market dynamics, it is already too late for them as a lot of new students arrive in the market and the battle for grabbing a slot reaches a higher level.
Few names in the education industry are very well known to everyone like LUMS, IBA, GIKI etc. The reason for their success is not only for providing high-quality education or admitting students with higher grades, it’s because they have one of the strongest Alumni systems.
The other success factor is having strong linkages with the multi-national corporations which allow students to build their career profile before entering the market after graduation.
Research is not the only development
The ranking criteria of the educational institutes have been set by the education commission on the basis of a number of PhDs, publications and established academic profiles. Although it is a great initiative for the students and professors who are seeking to improve their educational background and pursue higher education, it is hurting the profiles of the students who want to pursue their careers in the job market at the same time.
Pakistan is not known for one of the greatest markets of RnD and therefore graduates, with brilliant GPAs and high research oriented background, apparently suffer at landing a good job and surviving.
Individuals and institutes need to look into these areas for improvement and establish themselves as more careers oriented entities rather than being inclined to the famous trends and short term monetary benefits. Many learned people who belong to the education sector would like to disagree and suggest that this is not the complete truth but then again, as it is said “Truth is a matter of perspective.” so this is mine, what is yours?