Black graduates battle to get work

05 April 2016 - 02:22 By Poppy Louw

No matter what you study or how well you do in your course, if you are black you have less chance of finding a job after graduating from Rhodes University. This was one of the findings of a study by Rhodes University researcher Michael Rogan.It was discussed at a recent seminar hosted by the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership and the Human Sciences Research Council.The study sought to determine whether students studied the courses they had originally intended to, the reasons for them being able to complete or failing to complete them and how long it took them to find work after their studies."It is quite disappointing that socioeconomic factors such as race, gender and poor schooling contributed more to employability than [academic] achievement," said Rogan.The research found that 48% of Rhodes University graduates changed their courses, 48% of them attributing their decision to a lack of interest in what they were studying.At Fort Hare, of the graduates who changed their courses, 32% did so because their marks were poor.About 30% of Rhodes graduates were able to use personal contacts and social and other networks to find work.On the other hand, 36% of Fort Hare graduates relied on newspaper advertisements to find a job.

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