Cranky on education

I heard another anecdote this week that drives me nuts. A guy I was sitting with at a kids event told me attends NBCC in Moncton. He said his professor proudly told them on the first day of class that graduates from this class were so high regarded they were getting jobs in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, etc. Don’t worry, he said we have a 99% employment rate.

That’s failure. For me, that’s not success. That’s failure.

I heard that Ubisoft was in the Miramichi doing a job fair for the animation graduates to go work in their Quebec city and Montreal animation development studios. 100% employment rate.

That’s failure. For me, that’s not success. That’s failure.

I talked recently with a guy involved with UdeM’s language translation program. He told me that almost all the kids coming out of that program were getting ‘great jobs’ in Ottawa.

That’s failure. For me, that’s not success. That’s failure.

What is the world coming to when our post-secondary system is not only exporting taxpayer funded graduates to other provinces, but our teachers are actually promoting it.

Here’s a little belated tip for the post-secondary commission. Stop farting around with nomenclature and look at the real problem. We need to attract and foster good jobs here and we need to have a great feeder system from our universities and colleges. If a few have to leave the province it should be a concern not celebrated by the teachers and promoted to the students.

If UdeM has an excellent language translation program then somebody should be out there attracting global players in language translation and localization. And don’t make a comment about other firms that are here in that business. This guy told me that in Ottawa, kids right out of school can make $20k more than if they take a job here. Something as specialized as language translation shouldn’t be about the cheapest wages. It should be about the quality of the worker.