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 Post subject: Migrating Graduates
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:24 pm 
Read a recent report on the web that our top University graduates, science and medicine in particular, are immigrating to Aus and the US as jobs are hard to come by in the uk, and generally fed up. Should we be worried?, the report states and concludes that the numbers by 2020 will 20% of the top graduates leaving the UK.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:38 pm 
I would certainly be concerned at the moment although things may well change by the time our children get to university. The NHS is so strapped for cash that hospital trusts are freezing posts when staff leave and often posts disappear into the ether. Junior doctors are having problems getting jobs in the first place and I know of both registrars and consultants losing jobs. I don't know about other jobs traditionally taken by high flyers such as law or engineering. Maybe we need to push our children into a trade rather than grammar. After all builders have never had it so good!!!!!!


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 Post subject: solimum
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:33 pm 
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Industry in the UK is crying out for good science/ technology / engineering graduates so please encourage your bright children to go into these fields and not to give the world any more lawyers!


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Thats nice to know solimum. I presume you are talking from experience?


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 Post subject: solimum
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:13 pm 
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My OH works in a role which involves meeting a lot of top people in industry and universities and has very strong views on the importance of science and engineering! Also see these news items...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4230009.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6212830.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/n ... 170341.stm

http://www.publictechnology.net/print.php?sid=4756

and there has been a Government scheme to attract overseas science graduates which indicates that a lot of migration happens in the opposite direction to that suggested by the original poster....

"The UK is suffering from a shortage of physical science, engineering and mathematics students at university and skilled workers in the labour market.
The shortage could do serious damage to the UK's future growth.
So the UK is looking to invest in the high achievers of tomorrow.

There is a real demand in sectors such as research and development and financial services for maths, science and engineering specialists.

It is hoped that this scheme will encourage overseas students to study in the UK and following graduation be a real asset in the work place"


MInd you, the UK might have to work a bit harder to counteract the attractions of life in Australia.....!


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