It is an undisputed fact that young people feel ignored. There has always been a common feeling that those within the 18-24 age bracket are the ones left to fend for themselves, and it appears that the government is not doing enough to revoke this idea.
It is unsurprising after George Osborne recently announced that within the Conservative budget, maintenance grants for students starting University in the next year would be scrapped. But even more recently, it has been revealed by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) that most University graduates are not employed in graduate jobs. This is concerning for several reasons, not least because graduates deserve support and guidance to achieve their ambitions post-university, but because it reinforces the idea that a degree is worth less than what it should be.
In response to this, the Vice President of the National Union of Students (NUS) said: “The government should be doing more to create effective graduate employment schemes that fully utilise the country’s talent.”
In other words, paying a substantial amount of money to be able to receive a university education should, in the end, hopefully result in a degree-qualifying job. On the contrary, the NUS put forward the statistic that 58.8% of graduates are in jobs that are described as “non-graduate roles.”
With the number of graduates rising due to more and more young people attending university, the need for highly-skilled jobs has never been greater, and the CIPD predict that “negative consequences” are likely to follow, including employers necessitating degrees for non-graduate roles despite no change in the skill requirements. The cynicism towards degrees being worth actually very little in the real world would seem to ring increasingly true if graduates are being offered jobs without the requirement of one.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “We are providing the right mix of university places and apprenticeships to ensure people have the opportunity to advance their careers and businesses to grow”, yet the CIPD contradicts this by showing that the number of graduates have now surpassed the number of highly-skilled jobs offered.
It seems to therefore be the case that the talent of graduates is being ignored, instead of nurtured through appropriate job opportunities which the government should be taking care to provide.
As a country, we are emerging from a recession, and still are facing the remnants of an economic downturn which we are in danger of falling back in to if the government does not seek to provide advice, guidance, and, most importantly, enough skilled job opportunities for graduates.