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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 12. 5 August 1970


During your years at the university you will have heard many comments about the relevance of your studies to the job that you will take on leaving the University. Many employers now are taking the view that a degree is more an evidence of a higher general education than a specialist qualification. It is claimed by both employers and university teachers that graduates who have made good use of their time at the university as well as obtaining a sound basic theoretical knowledge in their courses should have developed the ability and willingness to think lucidly and constructively. This implies the development of a critical faculty, the ability to discriminate between fact and opinion, between the relevant and irrelevant, true and false statements. We assert that graduates have had practice in analysis of complex problems and in reasoning step by step to a conclusion, that graduates learn quickly and that they may be expected to adjust speedily to unfamiliar situations. While a graduate should, by the time he finishes at university, have learnt to communicate his thoughts in a logical and convincing way and have learnt something of the tolerance needed in dealing with human situations, few students leave the university with practical managerial experience or practical knowledge or understanding of the wide range of human problems encountered in business. Government departments or the professions. Most employers recognise this and many provide induction and training courses, before placing graduates in a position of responsibility.