Advertised jobs not for graduates: Academic

Education

Most job vacancies advertised in the media are not suitable for graduates from tertiary institutions, says an academic.
University of Papua New Guinea senior lecturer and Social Works strand leader John Kamasua is conducting a voluntary research to help students find employment after they complete their studies.
Kamasua told The National on Friday that most of the job vacancies advertised requires three or more years of working experiences.
“It is also seen that entry level job vacancies are not made visible which go to paint the picture that there are no jobs for graduates,” Kamasua said.
“That is the whole reason why the research was conducted was to collect necessary information from schools and develop a strategy on the foundation that was laid to help student.”
Kamasua said part one of his study was completed – monitor the job vacancy platforms for last month.
Part two is to interview students at the UPNG Waigani Campus through the use of questionnaires.
Participants of the study also go into the draw to win K500.
“It is to find out the number of jobs advertised, which ones are relevant and suitable for graduates,” Kamasua said.
He when he became a lecturer at UPNG 10 years ago, he used his own resources to help students find jobs.
Kamasua also created a Facebook page called “Career Development and Employment Enhancement Programme” to help students.
Once the study is complete, a report will be published.

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