Over-education leads to being over-qualified for a job.
In Australia, being over-educated is becoming the standard as there is higher competition for jobs. Some may say that they get rejected from jobs as they are overqualified. But in this case, Australia is setting a trend where you actually get employed because you are over-educated and overqualified.
"Almost 30 per cent of Australians are over-educated for the jobs they do, leading to time wasting, low job satisfaction, and reduced earnings."
"People with business, engineering and architecture qualifications, in particular, are at risk of ending up in jobs for which they are overqualified, a study shows. But even big proportions of high school graduates are in jobs that require less education."
Me:: I disagree with the here: Australia plainly has an engineering shortage. Go ask The Institute of Engineers Australia. I also went on a site visit to the RAAF Richmond site and they were in demand for engineers.
In a study called "Causes of Overeducation in the Australian Labour Market", by Ingrid Linsley, it "suggests that too many young Australians have university degrees that are not strictly needed for the jobs they do; and not enough have trade qualifications in areas where the nation is suffering a skills shortage."
The reason for this is best illustrated with an example of overqualification in demand:
"Ms Linsley said managers liked to employ people with more education than less because they were easier to train. For example, a person with an arts degree would be preferred for a job as a personal assistant, though the degree was not essential, because the graduate could probably write more effectively and would be easier to teach."
"People accepted jobs for which they were over-qualified because they were the highest-paying jobs they could get. Ms Linsley said the huge expansion of university places in the 1980s and 1990s had contributed to the mismatch of jobs and skills, shifting people away from TAFE and vocational training."
And this leads to Australia's shortage of trades type personnel. Noticed the apprenticeship advertising campaign on TV? The government is also combatting this problem by enticing people from overseas with skills to come to Australia.
Submitted by Marco on Sat, 12/11/2005 - 8:55pm.