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Friday 20 April 2018

PayPal boss says graduates are not hungry enough to succeed

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

SOME graduates come out of Irish third-level colleges with a "sense of entitlement" and are not prepared to work hard to get ahead in their career, the Government's new jobs tsar has claimed.

The Irish head of internet giant PayPal, Louise Phelan, thinks some college graduates have little concept of how tough the jobs market really is.

They come into companies expecting things to be handed to them on a plate, she said.

"Many of the graduates we take in are excellent employees, but there are some who will have the sense of entitlement and act like because they have a degree we should be happy to have them," she said.

"They don't seem to understand that the unemployment rate is over 14pc and that getting a job in this market is really difficult."

Her words carry weight, not only because of her new role with the Government, but also because her company has been at the forefront of job creation in the past year.

PayPal last year announced plans to take on around 1,000 staff, and last month said it would be hiring an additional 450.

Ms Phelan's comments are the latest criticism by a head of a major US business based here.

Several executives have criticised the lack of high-quality maths and science graduates coming through from colleges and universities, which means they have to hire staff in from overseas.

Irish Independent

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