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    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.

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    Why aren't these income generating professions included ? they really work and pay well.

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    Why don't the mainsteam media ever talk about real jobs like hairdressing and working in a corner shop? Forget about buzz words like "smart economy" most irish people don't know what I,T stands for.

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    Apprenticeships in hairdressing don't pay well, although they are treated differently in law to other apprenticeships, but they do in later years. That said, hairdressing is a field with intense competition. A Turk or Croat will often do a far better job for a good deal less.

    An engineering degree, and anything Mathematical, hard scientific degrees too, are gold standard in respect of getting jobs. Now if someone is good with language, an EU translator is well paid indeed. Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Zordan View Post
    Why don't the mainsteam media ever talk about real jobs like hairdressing and working in a corner shop? Forget about buzz words like "smart economy" most irish people don't know what I,T stands for.
    This is a thread on graduate employment. Very few graduates work in what you term "real jobs".


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