Life after Higher Education – Is there Enough Support?

Handing in final course work and moving away from the comfort of the laid-back library surroundings straight into a fast paced, vigorous, working life is a daunting prospect!

“With great power comes great responsibility” many of those transitioning from education to employment may relate to this as they enter the intimidating world of work.

Accepting a role after education, no matter what sector or seniority will come with a frightening but exciting levels of responsibility. Although, this shouldn’t be viewed as a negative, a company willing to employ you shows they have confidence in your abilities.

But not everyone is so favoured. 764,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK were not in education, employment or training in January to March 2019.

Those coming out of education may struggle to find the right opportunity. How can educational establishments and employers offer support to avoid this issue?

2017 research showed that 50% of small and medium-sized companies believed young people lack problem-solving, organisation, punctuality and communications skills for entering full time employment.

These core skills create success within employment and if they are not introduced early in education could young people be missing out!

Academic institutes can – some already are – tackle this issue through offering work placements or internships, creating an insight into the real working environment.

Having close ties with industries in their area will also help find key “non-technical skills” that are needed. These can then be a focus in teaching and can be brought into different learning modules.

These close ties with Universities also bring the perfect opportunity to take on fresh minded, motivated graduates who can be developed and trained to suit the company’s needs.

However, employers need to put the right measures in place to support the transition into the workplace. Research showed that 40% of employees who don’t receive the correct training will leave their job within the first year.

Young people transitioning out of education are the next generation of professionals so investing in them is investing in your business future.

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