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Should colleges only offer subjects which offer regional employment prospects?

I am the programme manager of a product design programme at the end of the world, and I am concerned that it may not be right of us to offer this very specialized education here in a region where employment in the field of qualification is unlikely.

What do you think, is it OK to educate people in this field even though we know they will need to move away to find employment?

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Education that offers a world view in a world market is more valuable than a tight mini view.

Everything that one learns adds to this world view, even one at the end of the world, which is also the beginning of the world!



A few days ago
To your main question: clearly NO! Your task is preparing them for jobs by doing your very best for their education. You must not focus on how many jobs there are close by. Anyway: having a good reputation in your field and “producing” well trained graduates might promote existing companies or even initialize new “start ups” in your region.

Usually students (try to) go to universities which offer the best education. It’s a new life experience often in combination with living in a new environment. Most are prepared to leave again after graduation for a job. Those students who grew up close by should know about the employment situation anyway.

Your task is education and preparation for life, not organizing jobs; and good students will “easily” find a job anywhere. That’s how life is nowadays: you have to be prepared to move where the jobs are. Have a look at your own CV! What would have happened to you if you always had stayed in the same place?!!


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I believe it is quite all right if you state in your catalog that students taking this major will have to move out of the area to find employment. Also, you should tell your majors at the beginning of the school year. I am sure you know there are many students who never read the catalog!

I think the question is whether you will have enough majors to make your program viable after they learn that they will have to move to get a job.

I am a retired college registrar. I worked at a small (2500 students) Christian college which became a university shortly before I retired. We had very little problem with students not wanting to move where the jobs were. Those who didn’t want to move usually had a boy friend or girl friend who was still attending college here.

Perhaps one reason we had little difficulty was that our students came from all over the U.S. and a number of foreign countries.



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The primary purpose of a college education should be to enable people to think — and that means studing history and philosophy as well as the nuts and bolts courses that lead to employment.