See Graduate job-seeking difficulties highlighted - The Irish Times - Thu, Dec 27, 2012
Irish students are taking up more degree courses in science,computer science,engineering and maths in order to improve their employment prospects. Employers are satisfied with these techie graduates except in computer science. Course entry standards in the latter dropped drastically following the dot.com crash in 2000 and the quality of graduates declined. With recovery in IT jobs,the quality of graduates is recovering.
Business employers are biased against recruiting graduates in arts,humanities and social sciences, with only a small minority recruiting them. At the same time,they complain about the communication and writing skills of the techie graduates they recruit. Don't they realise that arts graduates generally have better communications skills than techie graduates?
A spokesperson for Galway University who discussed the Irish Times article on Newstalk pointed out that arts graduates can find business employment by taking career oriented postgraduate degrees. He mentioned specialised one year statistics courses, one year computer courses and law degrees as examples.A generation ago,accountancy was a popular profession with arts graduates,some joking that at least they could put their primary school arithmetic skills to work. These days,if accountancy departments couldn't find enough B. Coms,they would probably settle for BAs with postgraduate accountancy courses.