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Education really the key to success?

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I am writing to you on behalf of my friend who has lived his entire life on the premise that education is the key to success. My friend recently graduated from the University of Technology, Jamaica, with a BSc in civil engineering and a diploma in mechanical engineering.

Having sent more than 200 applications, he still finds himself jobless after almost two years. I am quite aware that many of our university graduates are suffering the same plight, but it breaks my heart when the issue presents itself at my doorstep.

It is frustrating to see applicants being called for interviews just to make up numbers, since that one lucky person with the 'link' was already pre-selected.

The reality is that we are living in a world where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears. I am appealing to some of these organisations to adjust the way applicants are dealt with in an effort to remove the cloud of despair which hangs over their heads daily.

We really should be moving away from that 'who you know' to a 'what you know' mentality. Individuals who have completed their studies and are adequately qualified should be given a chance to succeed.



Gordon Town, St Andrew