A third of young people don't think they're taught the necessary skills required in the workplace, research published on Thursday found.
The report, published by youth charity Young Enterprise, prompted numerous people to share their experiences of being inadequately equipped for the world of work, raising the question as to whether education is fit for purpose when it comes to job-hunting.
"I've learnt far more from hackathons and things like coding clubs than I have through education," says Sailesh Patel. "Through these events I've built up contacts and friendships which helps. I'm not actually working at the moment but I feel more equipped to work because of these clubs than anything I've done in college."
And he's not alone.
— Fisher (@TheKidFisher) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy Degrees are hugely worthwhile IF @ top University and supplemented with internships etc. If not, potential waste of time...— Fisher (@TheKidFisher) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy education provides useful skills but we're not taught work basics. I recently seen a receptionist job for graduates only?!— Danielle Lowe (@DanniiLowe) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy It takes work experience and human interaction to succeed in the workplace;— The Naked Iceberg (@emansibassi) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy two things we're not effectively taught at any stage of education— The Naked Iceberg (@emansibassi) March 3, 2016
No. Contacts are so important. Sad but true. https://t.co/gKgYKmhJAd— fuc-arf (@bonita_badu) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy nothing can replace experience. I got my first job at 13 by lying about my age and still work around my degree— T¥ler Harrington (@tyHarring) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy Most definitely not. Education coupled with experience is the way to go. Basic skills are lacking when it comes to employment— Saeed Atcha (@saeedatcha) March 3, 2016
It helped but isn't enough. However it taught me how key independent learning is. Thanks to that I became equipped. https://t.co/wy9pU3CU42— Prisca (@priscamoyesa) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy I did an apprenticeship. Education alone is not enough. No way near enough. "Right skills" depends on the industry you are in.— Pritam Vekaria (@pritam_vekaria) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy don't think a degree alone can prepare you for the workplace environment. I did a year out in industry & its totally different— Rob Burley (@_mrroberto) March 3, 2016
@sherrifflucy 100% no, especially not universities. 8 hour weeks of contact time hardly preparing people for the real world of work..— Charlotte (@CharlotteHallx) March 3, 2016
And the employers?
@sherrifflucy honest answer? As an employer I would take a level of hands on experience over a graduate ALL DAY LONG. Degree=self importance— alex oneill Ⓜ️ (@ajo2red) March 3, 2016
“Tackling youth unemployment remains one of the biggest challenges facing the UK's labour market," says James Reed, chairman of Reed.co.uk. "Above all, as parents, teachers and employers, we must help young people develop a winning mindset. This is the most important thing if they are to compete successfully in a rapidly changing working world."