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Graduates in Non-Graduate Jobs – In Nigeria and other under- developed countries, the menace of unemployment has pushed most graduates to engage in non graduate vocations. For me, this is a sheer waste of human resources, in the move to restructure the country’s economy efforts should be made to re- direct this situation. Today, you see most graduate stranded after the National Youth Service Corps .Poverty reduction would be better tackled if Government can find a way to import the already large population of graduate into a scheme that can make use of their trained vocations. for example, we have a situation of a b.sc in engineering operating commercial motorbikes to make ends meet as this is the only option available for the fella, after depsperately searcjhig for job for months unend without results!

This situation is not limited to Nigeria and Developing Countries Alone – According to a report published on BBC News on 19th August, 2015, findings by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revealed that the majority of UK university graduates are working in jobs that do not require a degree, with over-qualification at “saturation point”, a report claims.

Overall, 58.8% of graduates are in jobs deemed to be non-graduate roles, affirmed the CIPD.

The report said the number of graduates had now “significantly outstripped” the creation of high-skilled jobs. The CIPD said the report’s findings should be a “a wake-up call”.

“The assumption that we will transition to a more productive, higher-value, higher-skilled economy just by increasing the conveyor belt of graduates is proven to be flawed,” said Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for human resources managers.

‘Simply wasted’ – The report found the issue was leading to “negative consequences” including employers requesting degrees for traditionally non-graduate roles despite no change to the skills needed for the role. As a result, it found graduates were now replacing non-graduates in roles and taking jobs where the demand for graduate skills was either non-existent or falling.

The trend was particularly prominent in construction and manufacturing sectors where apprenticeships have previously been traditional routes into the industry, the report found. Mr Cheese said that in many cases the “skills premium” graduates had “if it exists at all” was being “simply wasted”.

The CIPD is calling for a “national debate” over how to generate more high-skilled jobs – It said government and organisations both needed to act to help graduates make better use of their skills, but said the report also highlighted that for young people choosing an apprenticeship instead of university could be a “much better choice”.A Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spokesman said: “We are providing the right mix of university places and apprenticeships to ensure more people have the opportunity to advance their careers and businesses to get the skills they need to grow.”

Entrepreneurial Skills Development as a Remedy – Personally, I believe in the powers of entrepreneurship as a viable remedy for this deficient in Nigeria. Achieving results would require rewriting the story of desperation for paid jobs, government should intensify efforts in collaboration with universities and other education institutions to include building entrepreneur skills at the early stage of higher education – As, by so doing, students will not only be trained to create graduate roles for themselves that contribute to overall economic growth, but also will be capable of creating many more graduate jobs.

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