Survey | Future of work will be about job skills, not degree

According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, the future of work depends on job skills and, on college degrees.


The traditional academic year in Pakistan comes to an end, there is no better time to reflect where the ones graduating today will end up in a few years. While we focus most on academia, job skills remain an ignored sector.

A few days ago, Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz stressed on the need for Pakistani universities to ‘train better graduates’.

Quoting results of the survey by a private business firm, the Minister said that 78% of the employers have shown dissatisfaction with the quality of graduates as they are unable to compete in the job market.

“If we ask a graduate to write a single page on any topic, he cannot even do that. We have reached a point where we must sit and think about what is being taught at universities and the education being imparted.” – he said as Express Tribune reported. 

The report further stated that the employers of multinational companies (MNCs), large national corporations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are equally unsatisfied by the quality of university graduates.

Key points: College degree or job skills?

Fresh graduates: what employers look for while hiring


  • According to the results of survey Freelancing in America 2018, the future of work lies in job skills and not on college degrees anymore.
  • While the employment oppurtunities shrink, it is important for educational institutions to train students keeping the needs of the job market in consideration.
  • 93 per cent of freelancers who took part in the survey having a four-year college degree say that skills training was useful versus only.
  • 79 per cent said that their college education was useful to the work they do now.
  • According to the World Economic Forum, Sixty-five per cent of children entering primary school will end up in jobs that don’t yet exist.
  • The outcome will a proliferation of new, nontraditional education options.

What is Pakistan lacking?


To deal with the crisis and lacking in Pakistan’s education system, fast-track interventions are needed. It can be done by improving the instructional design and teacher training material.

The survey in Pakstan’s context stated that it was ‘shocking’ to see that ‘80% of industrial leaders said they had never been approached by academia for any help or support’.

“Too often, degrees are still thought of as lifelong stamps of professional competency. They tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that work — and the knowledge it requires — is static. It’s not.”

Due to all these reasons, Pakistani graduates are struggling to compete in the job market. To overcome the challenges, educational institutions and students need to realise that beyond bland college degree, employability, enterprise skills, and academic success are three factors of equal significance.

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