Cooperation between businesses and universities
Among the top priorities of the EU2020 strategy is the question of how to connect youth and labour market in an effective way. Beyond any doubt, youth of today is the future of the united Europe. However, completing higher education is not their only concern: getting a meaningful job afterwards is often an even bigger problem. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, young professionals do not feel secure on the job market. So, making businesses more integrated into the study process will help to solve the unemployment problem.
From my personal experience, it has taken me four month to find a job after leaving university. I’ve graduated from the Kiev Institute of International Relations at the peak of the global financial crisis, when availability of work was declining sharply. While I was studying, representatives of business circles were infrequent guests at our university, despite the fact that it’s the most prestigious in Ukraine. Eventually, I’ve landed a job at a telecommunications company although I studied diplomacy. There is a huge gap between my previous education and current occupation. But everything could be different. If a stronger link between businesses and universities were forged, young professionals like me would have a better chance of getting a job. All parties will benefit from it. Businesses will recruit talented employees, and fresh graduates will find work matching their profile. Yet it’s not as easy as it may seem. Social policy and educational reforms might be needed. As the European Commission has put it in the description of its top priority, all necessary efforts should be made in order to reach this goal. Probably my younger brother will be then luckier than me.
I believe the idea itself is great, but the question is whether the EC will be able to put it into action. Only balanced and all-round social and educational policy will help.
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