The Role of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions in Graduate Recruitment
Most Nigerian graduates leave school with the mindset of securing high paying occupations dependent on the fact that they're preferred or connected to the right people that will help them get used in any high paying organization of the choice.
It needs to be mentioned that the financial situation and the employment market in Nigeria will encourage this thinking, therefore most young people graduates in the tertiary institutions are ill-equipped.
At the light of the above mentioned, organizations recruit fresh graduates with the intent of creating the skill sets of those individuals before eventually absorbing them in the mainstream roles in the organization.
Graduate recruitment has become an uphill task, as thousands of applicants have 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 standard output expedient in today's workplace. They've become centres for academic certifications acquisition rather than the training ground for knowledge and skills acquisition.
This explains employer's preference for international talent, thus the rush to research abroad. The British Embassy alone claimed to have obtained over 60,000student visa programs in 2007 from Nigerian students to study in the united kingdom.
Incessant strikes, unstable and incoherent government education policies, lack of good facilities, disrupted and disjointed academic calendar, problems of financing, outdated course materials and many other vices are part of the distractions that is impacting the tertiary institutions.
In light of the above, it is pertinent that changes must come to the tertiary institutions to meet up with global employment requirements.
Tertiary institutions in Nigeria need to provide career development services including career counselling
, job skill trainings, training and training, scholarship schemes, etc in order to improve and develop the skill sets and interests of the students. This will help build the degree of professionalism needed in the workplace.