Why Colleges Graduate over Qualified Students

There are two trends that graduating college students are facing in the current economy. The first trend is directly related to the degree program that a student chooses. Some of the degree programs do not have jobs and are not open to new jobs in the job market. This means that several graduating college seniors are finding that there are no jobs available once they graduate. The second trend that is occurring is directly related to college graduates who apply for jobs on entry-level due to no experience in only education only to find that they are over qualified for the position.

The overqualified students graduating from college programs is becoming the growing trend and one of the most frustrated groups of graduates currently. The question becomes why colleges are graduating overqualified students. There are several reasons for this. The following are a few of the reasons why.

Lack of Understanding

Many colleges and universities have instructors that skilled in the academic aspects of particular degree programs. The problem is that many of these professors and department heads have never worked with in that particular degree program, so they are unaware of what that particular job market is actually like. For this reason, they will choose textbooks and course curriculum that will give a well-rounded education but may give too much qualification to the student. This lack of understanding within the actual job market can lead students to have an overqualified amount and internships or in other aspects of the degree program but at the end of the day not be able to land a job due to the fact that they are in fact overqualified.

Internships Versus On-The-Job

Internships are generally set up by the academic institution. They will work with local companies to offer unpaid internships, volunteer internships or various types of internships that may or may not lead to actual employment. This means that a student will have a well-rounded education based on the academic curriculum chosen for the degree program and will have an outstanding background with an internship. The problem is that the internship company does not offer a job, the student will need to find a job on their own. Unfortunately, most of these internships are with massive companies or companies that the student may never be able to get on with long-term. Therefore they now have an internship on the resume that gives them the background combined with the experience and education to over qualify them for current jobs.

Many academic institutions are beginning to recognize this as part of the problem. In these cases an academic institution will ensure that they have at least two academic advisors on staff who have actual job experience in the career field. They will also make sure that internships are offered as an on the job option rather than an internship option. This means that the on-the-job option will lead to possible employment and will make sure that the student is getting real-world qualifications for a job after graduation that will allow them to be perfectly qualified for the job rather than overqualified for the job.