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Neil Mitchell questions whether the university system prepares people for work

Neil Mitchell
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There has been an explosion in the number of tertiary degrees in Australia in the past 40 years.

But Neil Mitchell isn’t sure the university system is producing work-ready graduates.

The number of Australians with tertiary qualifications has risen from 2% in 1971 to 20% now.  

‘But are the unis turning out kids who are really equipped to work?’ Neil asked on Monday.

‘I hear some of them struggle to read properly, or even count.’

Neil said the system hasn’t kept up with the changing nature of the workforce.

‘People don’t stay in one job for forty years,’ he said.

‘They’ll have two, three, four careers in their lifetime. How does one degree prepare them for that?’

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