Times are changing, Gone are the times when success in studies meant success in life. In the current times, even success in studies does not assure success in life. It has often been stated that governments and various businesses have always faced the dilemma of looking for youths with the necessary skills. This has drastically increased unemployment in various parts of the globe and the estimate is that approximately 75 million young people are unemployed and the problem is that businesses cannot find enough skilled personnel to fill the vacancies (Mourshed, Farell, & Barton, 2010). Considering that education is on a trajectory, there is bound to be more unemployed youths in the near future. So, how do we address this problem?
In this perspective, it is important to do a qualitative research with the main focus group the employers and the people with capacity and mandate to recruit personnel for employment. Based on this, we have to consider some of the following factors for proper research:
- The company brand should vary from the recognized to the unrecognized.
- Governmental affiliations. Parastatals to sole proprietorship and partnership
- Employment capacity: the company should have the capacity to employ and recruit a good number. This number may vary but must demonstrate good employment capacity.
In this perspective, different company brands are selected, with various affiliations either to the governments or Non-governmental organizations. Furthermore, in this analysis, the countries of which companies and businesses are based are different in terms of geography and socioeconomics. With the main target the employers, direct interviews will be the best way to obtain the response.
The first couple of questions are towards the employer (open ended questionnaire) to determine the influence on his/her responses later on.
- The age of the employer
- The ethnic or race of the employer
- The highest level of educational the employer has attained
- The social status of the employer
Questions regarding employment and education (open ended)
- What are the job opportunities offered?
- What are the criteria for employment?
- Is there any diversity in employment?
- Based on the criteria, what is the intake ratio?
- What special skills are required?
- Does the company offer supplementary education/knowledge?
- What is the educational background of most employees?
- What is the relevance of education in the employment?
- What is the most dominant field in selection?
- What amends (if any) should be made in this field?
- What is the field application of education in this company?
- Are there any promotional plans on the basis of education and/or work?
- Are there any educational reforms that should be implemented to ensure a smooth transition from school to the job market? Explain.
The data and analysis are constructed around employment and education and so is the report. In trying to determine the conclusions from this analysis, the concepts are refined and are linked together to develop a common pattern. The individual interviews will, therefore, be put together in order to bring about an integrated explanation.
Limitations of the research
- Considering proper research will entail travel to various location and countries, travel expenses are likely to be enormous. This is likely to be a limitation if enough funds are not available.
- It is really difficult to get people, especially the employers, to open up about themselves and the company.
- The in depth and virtually comprehensive approach to data gathering is a limitation as it is time-consuming.
- Because qualitative research is mainly influenced by the researcher’s individual skills of interaction and engagement, there is a likelihood that the data retrieved may be influenced by his/her personal bias and idiosyncrasies.
Mourshed, M., Farell, D., & Barton, D. (2010). Education to Employment Report.