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Growing Danish unemployed graduates beginning to worry officials

Wednesday, 07 August 2013
All politician of our time have been banging on the maxim that an education at university level makes it easier for a graduate to get into a job and that after all that gruelling studies, the pay will also be good. But this is not what is being experienced today in Denmark.

A country with traditionally low unemployment is seeing even graduate seeking for low paying jobs, which are not even there any longer. In the past it was humanity and arts related fields that use to keep graduates on the curb of the employment centres. Today however, even graduates in social sciences have come out to meet a very tight job market.

Therefore, the long training at the university is no guarantee for getting a job any longer. Of the students who completed a degree last year from one of Denmark's universities, about one in five - equivalent to about 20 percent stand - without a job a year later, data from the organisation  Akademikernes  Centralorganisation show (AC) writes the magazine Mondag Morgon (Monday Morning) .

This ignited Ingrid Stage, Acting Chairperson of the AC to call the situation "disastrous".

"It is quite unfortunate for the graduates who can not get a job and put their skills to use, but it is also a disastrous situation for society - which has used many resources to educate a large proportion of youth who are not making use of their skills," says Ingrid Stage Danish radio.

The new figures reveal a marked increase. In 2008 there was a mere 12 percent who were unemployed compared to a year later.

Historically, especially humanity graduates have been hard hit but unemployment among the social science graduates is significantly increasing and is, according to Monday Morning, now almost at the same level as those of the humanity / arts subjects.

Ingrid Stage fears the loss of a whole generation if graduates are not led into the jobs market somewhat.

"It would be very unfortunate, because we need that they come  and help the communities develop," she says.

"We're a little behind compared to other countries in getting graduates into many different functions," she says, pointing to the fact that academics are helping to generate jobs."

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