Youthink! asked people on Facebook and Twitter to weigh in on how schools prepare students for the jobs they seek. Take a look at what is happening around skills and innovation in Thailand.
The majority of people who responded agreed with Ayange Iorbee from Nigeria, who said: “No, because employers are not even looking so much at what you learnt from school. They tend to look for something unique in a person. … The job you want could also depend on quite a number of factors.”
The same goes for Cà Phê Sáng from Vietnam, who posted: “Not really, in my country, it seems that lessons attach special important to theory rather than practice so most of companies re-train their staff after the recruitment, and there's a large number of people who do the unrelated-major job.
Mark Bwire from Uganda added “Partly. The education system in my country, is very theoretical in nature, it lacks a practical aspect which makes it had for a graduate to get a job. Besides this, it seems as though the courses taught, very many lack the linkage between the current skills needed in the job market and what is actually taught in school. There is need for this linkage so that, the job market informs the development of education curriculum so that we study what is required not what we qualify to study. This would help also inform the career guidance departments in schools and go a long way in solving youth employment obviously with other complementing factors.
On the other hand Elin Schiffer from Sweden said: “Of course! From what i have learned in school I now know that I want to work on an international level…” As well as Sabrina Rivas (in Spanish) from Dominican Republic “…I have to admit that thanks to the education I received in school and my character, I’ve made the most out of my university education, which have helped me get the job I want.” And Mohammad Raouf from Saudi Arabia believes that education helps at first, but then there is a need to combine that knowledge with experience.
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