Universities should promote students' resumes

Universities should promote students' resumes

Summary: With an ailing worldwide economy, job losses left, right and center, and an increasing difficulty to step up to the careers ladder, universities should employ more funding and better efforts into increasing their students' potentials; publishing resumes and curriculum vitaes on their own public sites.

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With an ailing worldwide economy, job losses left, right and center, and an increasing difficulty to step up to the careers ladder, universities should employ more funding and better efforts into increasing their students' potentials; publishing resumes and curriculum vitaes on their own public sites.

With websites such as LinkedIn, which promote job prospects by not only publishing resumes and details of employment and education, but also allows you to connect with others at the same workplaces and build a rapport with past and present colleagues and friends.

With a rising number of university applications in the UK, more and more students need to gain higher ground on the job front market. It's almost, I'd say, the responsibility of universities to assist in any way possible the future of their students once they have graduated, but not enough is being done.

Based on my concept above, with a behind-the-scenes with simple fields which are published into a database, and an extensive student records system which universities need to have anyway, filling in certain fields and semi-automatically generated pages wouldn't be too difficult. Students, this way, have little to nothing to lose.

With an ever growing digital divide between older generations and the younger generation, the hesitation to visit a website for some may be difficult to muster; understandable, when a previous resume system when they are submitted by hand is understandable and easy.

Are you a struggling student trying to find work? Do you want universities to help promote your skills to the world? Is the Internet the best way to go about it? Have your say in the comment section.

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  • Smallminded?

    With unparalleled threats to our environment Universities need to make their research available to anyone via the internet.

    In terms of all Humanity, I think Universities sharing their research will have more impact than promotion of their students.

    I am not sure about the U.K. but in the U.S research isn't that freely available.

    You have a good idea though. I just think you need to think bigger!
    javajunkie@...
    • Environment ???

      What planet are you on, what does the
      environment have to do with this?

      I guess Al Gore invented the Internet and I
      guess is he like a god now, did he create
      the planet and he is now going to tell me
      I can't drive?

      The entire deal surrounding the 'climate change'
      is a LIE, because they had to dump the
      'global warming' because the planet is cooling.

      Geez, where is our planet saviour.
      Christian_<><
      • Exactly!!!!!!!!!!!

        People disagree on many things.

        The information that Universities have should be more accessible for everyone to be better informed.

        The blog asserts Universities should use resources to show off resumes. I assert that Universities have additional things they could be displaying that may be just as, if not more important.

        I am on Earth by the way. It would be nice to see what current thinking by educated people on Environmental change is, and not have to take your word for it. You might be right but I really am not sure if your word is so credible.

        I wonder if you've been hoodwinked. For instance:

        For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.

        But a document filed in a federal lawsuit demonstrates that even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.

        ?The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied,? the experts wrote in an internal report compiled for the coalition in 1995.
        javajunkie@...
  • RE: Universities should promote students' resumes

    It needs to be done in a way that doesn't promote identity theft and fraud.

    George
    Editor
    http://ivebeenmugged.typepad.com
    George Jenkins
  • Totally wrong idea

    There is a huge difference between "referring" and "promoting".

    The student is 100% responsible for their future and the university should not be forced to do the job of the student.

    The only thing universities/colleges should do better is work with companies to provide a better database of job opening and let the student decide who they want to apply to. Also some non-paid internships for all the students (not just a selected group) could be of better benefit since it would provide real world experience.

    In other words, open the door for the student, but in the end is up to the student to walk thru the door.
    wackoae
  • Do employers have any responsibilities? Or government?

    Can we forge credentials too to make ourselves look better? I mean, right winger people often say regulations are why our economy is going down the tank...
    HypnoToad72
  • Zack your writing is whack man!!!!

    Why do you assert "an ever growing digital divide between older generations and the younger generation" and then link to an article about "the technology gap between rich and poor nations"?

    The only way that could support your idea is if the older (less tech savy people) were in the poor nations and younger ones in the rich.

    Perhaps you just made a mistake.
    javajunkie@...
    • Yep, just a mistake

      But watch out as I'll be covering the generation divide in the coming days.
      zwhittaker
  • universities have turned into businesses

    It used to be that colleges and universities churned out enough graduates to fill the need of the job market. However, according to census information, the salary gap between a high school grad and a bachelor's degree peaked in the 70s and has deteriorated ever since. Yet college enrollment has swelled, and so has tuition.

    So-called higher learning has become a diploma factory with no concern for the student's future job prospects. My grad school program (no, not MBA) required an internship, yet they supplied nothing more than what you'd find in a phone book. It's akin to requiring a certain class but not offering it on campus. Tuition and enrollment are their highest concerns.

    conspicuouschick
  • Career Assistance is Good Business Decision

    It's less a matter of "do they owe it to their
    students?" and more a matter of it being a good
    business decision for the university. Offering
    enhanced career services not only serves as a
    great recruiting/marketing strategy, but also
    improves the university's reputation by
    increasing the number of successfully employed
    graduates. Many top-tier universities have
    already figured this out and offer robust
    career services to not only soon-to-be grads,
    but to alumni as well.

    Heather Newbill Hernandez
    CEO
    JOBSLAY.com
    newbie323
  • Uneven playing field?

    I think this would promote the misconception that more 'prestigious' universities churn out better graduates, and make some employers favor those candidates more.
    Maxfli82
  • Universities have Career Centers that help students in careers

    In the US, universities have offices called Career Centers. For example, my university UCLA's website is at http://career.ucla.edu. I did a quick google search and found your career center (centre) is http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/

    The career center helps students to improve their resumes, provides counseling, and other assistance. It's also free to go to the career center for counseling if you're a student. And if you're an alumni, you can get assistance too, but you need to pay for it!

    My guess is that not enough university students take full advantage of the career center. The last year of university is too late to be going there--you should definitely start mapping out your career path earlier.
    ioot@...
    • This is desperate

      This is an idea of desperation..this is of course free market failure.What would be honest would be to only train students for jobs that are available.If government could run 12month experience schemes after getting the academics it would help..but wait...if the older wealth creators (40-65 ans) who these students learn from are made redundant is there any point?
      The Management consultant