The Graduate Without a Future – Says who??

Charlee Owen By Charlee Owen, 13th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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New article published in response to The Guardian's depressing video broadcast last week subtly but quite clearly stirring moral panic over the career prospects of 2012 UK grads. Although the employment situation has obviously been better, I equally do not feel doomed to life in a call centre 'mired in debt' .. and especially not just because I'm studying a humanities degree. Please read, share, retweet - whatever gets the message out there that scare mongering is not the answer.

A response to The Guardian: "Graduate Class of 2012: a 2.1 just won't cut it anymore''

After working at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau for a few months now and getting a far better understanding of the jobs market, career prospects for graduates and a gaining invaluable experience for my own CV I’m feeling pretty confident about moving up in the world. A 2.1 in English Language at a decent university, work experience coming out of my ears and an abundance of personal ambition to succeed… things aren’t looking so bad.

Then I came across The Guardian’s recent video broadcast entitled “Graduate class of 2012: A 2:1 just won’t cut it anymore“. GRB’s company director was interviewed to contribute and now prospects for grads are starting to improve slightly I was expecting to see a few tough truths but a bit of motivation and encouragement to keep at it. Seven minutes later I was instead borderline irate, particularly at the intensity of negative spin on everything from depressing 2012 grad profiles to pouring the dregs of a coffee cup down the drain.

Although its intertwined within a few rambling nothings and interviews from ‘real life grads’, its the atmosphere of doom and gloom that emanates from every perspective that hit me the hardest. Not only did their overall approach to the issue just plain stink, they shunt the entire humanities discipline as destined to work in recruitment- as if it would even make sense to down-tread one of the only industries attempting to actually change to the situation rather than sit and complain about it?? The consultants are also subtly implied to be doing a call centre job and … oh honestly the list goes on.

This is just one contribution to an entire online series entitled ‘the graduate without a future’. Excuse me?

Below is a link to the article I have written in response, published on the GRB news feed this morning. Please take a look and take the time to share it to the relevant people. I feel extremely strongly about this issue and although I’m not naive enough to think its going to be an easy ride I simply disagree with the subtle scare-mongering for readership value over such a sensitive issue. If anything I’ll make sure my future is twice as bright.

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2012 Graduates, Economy, Future, Graduate Jobs, Graduate Recruitment, Graduates, Media, Newspaper, Scare Mongering, The Guardian

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