I agree and we have nothing but trouble in our industry with graduates being whingeing non hackers who don't like getting their fingernails dirty. Nothing against them in principle but like I said "in my experience" bit of a waste of victuals, unlike the many ex RN and Army lads (99% of the time)Maxi_77 said:AS I said it is real current experience both through my own work and knowledfge of what is going on elsewhere. Universities today as cash generating machines, and they can only sell if they have working products that people want to buy. Why do you think companies who succeed through technical innovation locate themselves close to universities and develop close liaison with them. Not only that I have had a number of graduate apprentices working for me over the past few years and they were some bright cookies.Lingyai said:Not convinced as I can only go by my experiences, although I do appreciate your point of view considering the offspring's job and all that...Maxi_77 said:Your view of academics is somewhat old fashioned, you will find that today many are very involved in 'doing'. The company I work for has very close relationships with two of our local universities and we get considerable practical assistance from them in solving problems. My son also is a university lecturer and is works in the area of flood prevention and has done a lot of work on affordable flood prevention for developing countrie especially where extensive logging has taken place. It is also quite likely that the key chips in your mobile phone is the result of work carried out at one of our local universities, work that was so successful that they created what is now a very successful company out of the research.Lingyai said:Just goes to show that some people fight wars and some (academic bookworms) sit around writing about shit they know nothing about.
The majority of so called (normaly self proffesed) academics have no real world experience other than that they find in the library.
Those that can do. Those that can't.............. well you know.
Not all academics cannot 'do' in fact more and more can.