Friday 22 September 2017

By degrees

• In relation to the sprawling advertisement entitled 'Springboard -- improve your job prospects' in the June 21 edition, Tom Boland emphatically states that "all the evidence shows that the higher the level of education a person has achieved, the more likely he or she is to gain employment".

Academics and universities are very fond of espousing this view. However, PhDs -- even in the sciences -- struggle to find long-term, meaningful employment.

On my travels through this country, I have come across a graduate with a degree in earth sciences working in a B&B in rural Co Limerick, another with a degree in environmental science working in a bar in a Co Mayo village and I have heard of another, an MSc graduate in science, working in a large supermarket in Galway stacking shelves. All are NUIG graduates.

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