Survey finds grads to be more employable than non-grads; however, only
one per cent of Calgarians believe degree earners are fully prepared
for the workforce
CALGARY, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - As post-secondary students return to
class this week, a recent survey commissioned by DeVry Institute of
Technology in Calgary found that 42 per cent of Calgarians believe
students attend post-secondary school to gain the skills needed to
start a career; while 54 per cent believe students should attend to
broaden their academic and learning horizons.
The survey's findings also show that, while grads are viewed as more
employable than non-grads, only one per cent of Calgarians believe a
post-secondary degree fully prepares graduates for the labour market.
"Students attend post secondary schools for many reasons, but typically,
they hope to be employed upon graduation," said Sid Mark, president of
the Calgary staffing and recruiting firm FRIDAY Professional Group Inc.
"To learn that so few Calgarians believe graduates are fully prepared
for the job market shows that students need to do more to be more
valuable to potential employers."
According to the survey, Calgarians think employers must train
post-secondary graduates on-the-job: 47 per cent believe that
significant on-the-job training is required and 35 per cent believe at
least some is required.
"Training is a substantial investment for Calgary businesses," explained
Mark. "If graduates come to the table with an educational background
that includes job-centric skills, they have the competitive advantage
in today's economy."
Ranil Herath, president of DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary,
says students need to be cognizant of their reasons for attending
"If you're getting a degree to pursue a specific career, you need to
choose your degree, your courses and your educational institution
carefully," he explained. "As students go back to school this year, I
recommend they find every opportunity to improve their job skills
either through career-oriented courses or volunteer activities.
Employers tell us they value the hands-on experience our students get
addressing real business challenges in their senior class projects."
Though Calgarians believe grads have room for improving career-specific
skills, they continue to believe in the importance of a post-secondary
education when seeking employment. More than two-thirds (69 per cent)
of those surveyed believe that graduates of post-secondary schools are
more likely to find jobs than non-graduates.
"Calgarians know that post-secondary institutions help you learn
critical thinking skills, but they also know that students want jobs
when they graduate," Herath said. "Post-secondary institutions can and
need to do both; they need to broaden learning horizons and provide the
skills necessary for jobs upon graduation."
Leger Marketing conducted the online survey of 509 Calgarians aged 18
years and older in August 2011. DeVry Institute of Technology
commissions quarterly career and higher education-related surveys to
provide the Calgary community with insight into trends that impact
local and provincial economies.
About DeVry Institute of Technology
DeVry Institute of Technology in Alberta is part of the DeVry University
system, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in
North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled in the United
States and Canada. At more than 90 locations, DeVry University
delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree
programs, onsite and online, that meet the needs of a diverse and
geographically dispersed student population. DeVry Institute of
Technology offers degree programs in Business Administration, Computer
Information Systems, Electronics Engineering Technology and Network
Communications Management. In Canada, the government of Alberta grants
approval for baccalaureate degrees awarded by DeVry Institute of
Technology. In the United States, DeVry University is accredited by The
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers
Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry Institute of Technology,
find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv or visit www.devry.ca.
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