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Degrees provided out-of-date technology skills, say graduates

Nearly half of last year’s graduates believe that university degrees failed to provide them with up-to-date IT skills, according to a survey of visitors to Graduate-Jobs.com, a jobs site for university leavers.

Forty six per cent of graduates said that their degree had failed to provide them with current IT skills, raising questions about the standard of IT training offered by universities.

Fifty per cent of graduates said that with hindsight they would have avoided debt and had a three- or four-year headstart by not going to university at all. Only 40% said they would have still gone to university knowing what they know now.

IT recruitment company FDM interviewed 500 recent graduates who used Graduate-Jobs.com. About 53% of graduates said vocational training would have made them more employable than their degree courses, while 27% said vocational qualifications would be no more useful than their degrees for finding a job.

The greatest obstacle to graduates finding work was the lack of relevance of their qualifications, according to 50% of those surveyed.

Age and gender were believed to be the greatest barriers by 4% and 2% of students respectively.


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