There’s been a great deal in the press this week about a report from the CIPD called ‘Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market’.

It’s quite a sober read analysing data from across Europe, but I doubt that many people have read the report compared to the number of people who have seen or heard the headlines in the media.

Headlines focus on the part of the story that the editors think will sell, and then simplifies them into a sound bite, so it’s sometimes the case that the headline & the story don’t seem to match.

So if you’ve read the headlines and you’re worried about whether going to uni yourself (or on behalf of a family member or friend), read the report before you jump to any conclusions.

At that point add in some more variables, such as:

  • Is the academic level someone has reached the only ‘qualification’ recruiters look for, or are their lots of other things like skills & experience to consider?;
  • Is everyone who has accomplished the same academic level the same, or do they have their own unique set of strengths, values and motivations?;
  • What exactly is a ‘graduate-level’ job, and who gets to decide?;
  • Has anyone tried to gauge whether people are happy/content in their role?  Maybe they are fulfilling a life long dream, or gaining worthwhile experiences ready to start their own business, or are just motivated by things other than work;
  • Is getting a ‘graduate-level’ job the only reason people go to Uni?;

and many more besides.

Lots of people will be currently deciding to go to Uni at the moment – so if that’s you, or someone you know, think about whether it’s the right thing to do from lots of reasons, not just this one.

Graham@Henley Careers