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80 percent tertiary students take their career lightly: FHEC

September 7, 2015 6:55 pm

Eighty percent of tertiary students who are on the verge of completing their studies have no idea what career they will choose after graduation.

Speaking on FBC’s 4 the record programme, Fiji Higher Education Commission Chair Dr Richard Wah said this is one of the reasons why there is a lack of competency in the workforce.

He says a few days prior to the graduation ceremony, the Fiji Higher Education Commission visited a major university asking students what they’ll be doing after graduating.

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A large number of students said they hadn’t thought about it.

“That shocked the life out of us. We were like if these guys who have finished their entire primary and secondary school, finishing their degree and graduating tomorrow don’t know what jobs they will pick up, it’s frightening.”

In the tertiary studies strategy, students must know what their interests are and be able to various pathways available for them.

Dr Wah says most students have a perception that they can get a job if they have relevant qualifications; however that’s not what the industry expects.

The issue is being discussed at a symposium in Suva.

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