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Nippit

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Degree degradation: With too many university graduates and not enough jobs, many are finding themselves woefully underemployed.


Is this a problem in today's Armed Forces? Or likely to become one?
 

Sumo

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Degree degradation: With too many university graduates and not enough jobs, many are finding themselves woefully underemployed.


Is this a problem in today's Armed Forces? Or likely to become one?
No problem, as the post war baby boomers retire, there will be shed loads of jobs, but that may require some to actually work, that may be the Armed Forces issue trying to convince those that can qualify to join, to work for a living, and not take a cushy number elsewhere.
 
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No problem, as the post war baby boomers retire, there will be shed loads of jobs, but that may require some to actually work, that may be the Armed Forces issue trying to convince those that can qualify to join, to work for a living, and not take a cushy number elsewhere.

I'm sure that will be the case but those posts that "may require some actually to work" will the jobs that are vacant need someone with a first degree to fill them?
 

Sumo

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I'm sure that will be the case but those posts that "may require some actually to work" will the jobs that are vacant need someone with a first degree to fill them?
Obviously a degree in geography says you can read and write, there are a lot of youngsters realising Uni was a good party, now they have to find work, some will have taken the right path and have work a plenty on offer some will find the good idea degree isn't worth much, so not over qualified just stayed in school to long.
 
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Obviously a degree in geography says you can read and write, there are a lot of youngsters realising Uni was a good party, now they have to find work, some will have taken the right path and have work a plenty on offer some will find the good idea degree isn't worth much, so not over qualified just stayed in school to long.

You will know better than I do if the Armed Forces are suffering recruitment problems where applicants are over-qualified for the more mundane jobs. It must produce problems I would have thought. Apart from the Schoolies and the odd NS Meteorologist few had degrees in my day. They did have professional qualifications of course. My own brother who was an Engineer Officer ex CERA and an AMIMarE.
 
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You will know better than I do if the Armed Forces are suffering recruitment problems where applicants are over-qualified for the more mundane jobs. It must produce problems I would have thought. Apart from the Schoolies and the odd NS Meteorologist few had degrees in my day. They did have professional qualifications of course. My own brother who was an Engineer Officer ex CERA and an AMIMarE.

I don't know what era you served but degrees were also uncommon in my day (stand fast medical men and engineers) even amongst the occifer core.
However now that every kid is actively encouraged to go to Uni and get a degree this level of qualification has almost become the standard. The fact that many of these degrees are about as much use as a cat flap on a submarine is irrelevant, it is a degree in the eyes of the holder and they expect to be paid top wack for possessing this useless bit of paper.
Looks like after trying to flog themselves to possible employers who realise the value of said degree they see sense and join the RN.
 

Sumo

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I don't know what era you served but degrees were also uncommon in my day (stand fast medical men and engineers) even amongst the occifer core.
However now that every kid is actively encouraged to go to Uni and get a degree this level of qualification has almost become the standard. The fact that many of these degrees are about as much use as a cat flap on a submarine is irrelevant, it is a degree in the eyes of the holder and they expect to be paid top wack for possessing this useless bit of paper.
Looks like after trying to flog themselves to possible employers who realise the value of said degree they see sense and join the RN.
We had a catflap, most called it the torpedo loading hatch:D
 
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I don't know what era you served but degrees were also uncommon in my day (stand fast medical men and engineers) even amongst the occifer core.
However now that every kid is actively encouraged to go to Uni and get a degree this level of qualification has almost become the standard. The fact that many of these degrees are about as much use as a cat flap on a submarine is irrelevant, it is a degree in the eyes of the holder and they expect to be paid top wack for possessing this useless bit of paper.
Looks like after trying to flog themselves to possible employers who realise the value of said degree they see sense and join the RN.

You are absolutely right. Some of the smaller ships I served on had the Cox'n as its doctor. Very good at their job they were too. Father figure, Master at Arms, Cox'n on the wheel at Action Stations and Doctor. Probably didn't even have an ET1. What strong characters they were. How would they have been improved with a First Class Degree in Media Studies, or a Double First in Logic. The CERA and Cmd Engineer probably had passed their School Cert and possibly with the HET under their belts.
 

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when had my first interviews. After leaving the mob, the directors interviewing had low level qualifications, but the advert was for degree, his explanation was, when he used to do the recruiting, junior manager, he looked for people of similar quals, after a time, ONC, HNC etc started to join, when they became the Recruiter they looked for same quals and so on when the degree applicants' started to join. At my current place a good Eng. Grad can start on about£30k, non required degree are taken into account but mainly show a education level, you will only be offered the role you apply for,may start a little of the bottom, but not far.
 

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