The Role of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions in Graduate Recruitment
Most Nigerian pupils leave college with the mindset of securing high paying occupations based on the simple fact that they are preferred or connected to the right people who will help them get employed in almost any high paying business of their choice.
It should be mentioned that the financial position and the employment market in Nigeria will support this believing, and so most young folks graduates in the tertiary institutions are ill-equipped. These young graduates are usually not well prepared for the challenges after graduation particularly in securing good jobs and performing on the job.
In the light of the above, organizations recruit new graduates with the intent of developing the skill sets of those individuals before finally absorbing them in the mainstream roles in the business.
Graduate recruitment is now an uphill task, as thousands of applicants need to be tested to get a handful of good candidates match for specific job/role.
The tertiary institutions that created these graduates have never been able to match with the conventional output expedient in today's workplace. They've become centers for academic certificates acquisition instead of the training ground for knowledge and skills acquisition.
Research has shown that none of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria is amongst the list of the first 500 in the world ranking of tertiary associations. This explains company's preference for global talent, hence the rush to research abroad. The British Embassy alone claimed to have obtained over 60,000student visa programs in 2007 from fellow pupils to research in the UK.
Incessant strikes, shaky and incoherent government education policies, lack of great facilities, disrupted and disjointed academic calendar, issues of funding, obsolete course materials and many other vices are part of the distractions that's impacting the tertiary institutions.
In light of the above, it's pertinent that modifications must come to the tertiary institutions to meet with global employment requirements. Tertiary institutions in Nigeria need to provide career development services which include career counseling, job skill trainings, coaching and mentoring, scholarship schemes, etc to be able to enhance and develop the skill sets and interests of their students. This can help build the degree of professionalism required in the workplace.