Some recent graduates of the University of the West Indies (UWI) are bemoaning what they say is the lack of attention to career counselling at various levels of the education system.
As a result of this, they say many students are simply sticking to oversaturated traditional career paths because they are largely unaware of the several emerging careers that are available here in Jamaica.
Mark-Paul Cowan, a graduate with degrees in literature and law, said students should be engaged in discussions about their future from as early as the primary level.
"The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the private sector, needs to go out and educate people and say "this is where we are lacking in human resources", Cowan stated during a The Gleaner Editors' Forum last week.
He said this would give students greater focus in making career decisions that are in keeping with the demands of the country's labour market.
Cowan noted that a lot of students stay away from certain areas because they are unaware of the value and the need for skills in these areas.
His view was supported by Elroy Galbraith, who graduated from the UWI with a master of science in sociology.
Galbraith said more emphasis needed to be placed on helping students find their niche.
"It's not only doctor, it's surgeon; it's not only surgeon, it's now neurosurgeon. So now it's about finding your niche. It's now about educating students to know that they have as many options as possible and giving them an opportunity to engage in these options." he noted.