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Job prospects for non-graduates: Degree holders 'have an edge from the get-go'

Non-grads say they lose out even with similar job responsibilities

Published on Aug 30, 2014 8:56 AM
 
Pedestrians in Shenton Way on Aug 30, 2013. Non-graduates say their work prospects are dimmer than those of their peers who hold degrees, even when they have similar job responsibilities. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Even as employers and human resource experts paint a more positive picture, non-graduates themselves are not fully convinced.

They say their work prospects are dimmer than those of their peers who hold degrees, even when they have similar job responsibilities.

Non-graduates say employers, especially the civil service, tend to favour degree holders with higher starting salaries, speedier promotions and more opportunities.

This may soon change.

 
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TOUGHER WITHOUT A DEGREE

It's fairer if everyone is assessed based on abilities, but non-graduates may still have to work harder to prove their worth.

- Mr Patrick Chan, 37, who holds a fine arts diploma from Lasalle College of the Arts

 

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