Whitepaper


Who We Are:


Educative Guides (EGs) is an educational tech social business enterprise focused on enriching higher education studies’ experiences by improving access to quality academic support, industry partnering and early career guidance. 


Why EGs?


2 Sides of a Coin Analogy


Educative Guides solves a societal problem that can be likened to the two sides of a coin. Arguably, a coin lies mostly on either of its flat sides. And, everybody gets to see what's on the upward-facing side of the coin (the obvious) while little or nobody sees the side beneath ( the non-obvious).


Side 1: The Upward-facing Side (We call this the Obvious Side)


Many would agree that a major challenge in higher education studies in most developing countries is a high rate of graduate unemployment. This is the upward-facing problem. An attendant problem here is that graduates who later find employment are mostly trapped in underemployment where either their knowledge and skills are being underutilized, or they are being underpaid for their services.


Present Measures to Solve Graduate Unemployment

While several measures are being taken by public and private entities to tackle the upward-facing challenge, the problem seems to persist. Approaches like graduates upskilling, mass job creations by governments have helped in some considerable ways but failed to effectively nip the problem in the bud, in the long run. Here’s why:


Side 2: The Downward-facing Side (We call this the Non-obvious Side)


Beneath the obvious side of the problem of a high number of graduate unemployment (and/or underemployment) lies some non-obvious problems which are the major root causes of graduate unemployment. We found out from our personal experiences at the university coupled with the outcome of our extensive survey research, that lots of students face certain critical challenges during their higher education studies.


These challenges include finance, academic, and industry-gap among others. As long as these root causes (or non-obvious problems) remain unaddressed, the obvious problem of high numbers of graduate unemployment in developing countries shall persist. Here's how everyone can possibly do it better:


Academia Challenges Survey: Students' Perspective

We carried out a survey to discover some of the pressing needs/challenges of higher education students in developing countries. For portability and resource constraints, we limited our coverage to tertiary institutions in Nigeria - a major developing country in West Africa.


From our 91 respondents (including post-graduate students - 10%, graduates - 30% and undergraduates - 60%), we found out that the major challenges faced by students in higher education institutions are financial and/or academic-related. Here's an overview of the survey results obtained from the 90+ respondents:

Survey Data Analysis and Insight Notes:

The form was completed by a total of 90 respondents.

  • 60 per cent of the respondents were undergraduates – (a total of 54 students).
  • 30 per cent of the respondents were graduates – (a total of 27 graduates).
  • 10 per cent of the respondents were post-graduate students – (a total of 9 post-graduate students).

 

Tip ๐Ÿ’ก-The data reveals that 1 out of every 3 graduates is likely to commence a postgraduate study. However, our major focus for the study was undergraduates.

 

Undergraduates (UG):


A. General Perceived Needs:


  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ’ฐ:65 % of UG respondents identified Finance as a challenge - 35
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿค: 50 % of UG respondents identified Mentoring as a challenge - 27
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ“š: 52 % of UG respondents identified Low Academic Comprehension as a challenge – 28
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿšธ: 33 % of UG respondents identified Support (I.T., & research) as a challenge – 18.
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐ŸŽฎ: 31 % of UG respondents identified Distractions as a challenge – 17.

B. Most Critical Needs:


  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ’ฐ: 31 % of UG respondents identified Finance as a most critical challenge - 16
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿค: 15 % of UG respondents identified Mentoring as a most critical challenge - 8
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ“š: 33 % of UG respondents identified Low Academic Comprehension as a most critical challenge – 17
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿšธ: 13 % of UG respondents identified Support (I.T., & research) as a most critical challenge – 7
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐ŸŽฎ: 8 % of UG respondents identified Distractions as a most critical challenge – 4.

C. Most Urgent Needs:


  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ’ฐ: 44 % of UG respondents identified Finance as a most pressing need - 24
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿค: 24 % of UG respondents identified Mentoring as a most pressing need - 13
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ“š: 1 % of UG respondents identified Low Academic Comprehension as a most pressing need – 1
  • ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿšธ: 31 % of UG respondents identified Support (I.T., & research) as a most pressing need – 17

 

Key findings:


1. The most general challenge among students – Finance ๐Ÿ’ฐ (UG – 1). Runner up - Academics ๐Ÿ“š

2. The most critical challenge among students – Academics ๐Ÿ“š (UG – 2). Runner up - Finance ๐Ÿ’ฐ

3. The most urgent need among students – Finance ๐Ÿ’ฐ (UG – 3). Runner up - Support ๐Ÿšธ


 


Conclusion:


๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ: A lot of students face financial needs at one point in their study or the other. Up to 65 % of undergraduates.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š: Many students likewise face academic needs at one point of their study or the other: Up to 52 % of undergraduates.



Our Proposed Solution:


A Behind-the-Scene Approach for solving Graduate Unemployment:


Educative Guides presents a different approach to solving the problem of graduate unemployment by addressing the identified non-obvious (or unsung) problems faced by higher education students.

Currently, our focus is on addressing the Academic needs of Undergraduates, while we work on expanding our reach to solving other critical and general needs as we scale; and we'll like to say a big thanks for reading.

Has Education Failed?


Not exactly.


If not, why are there several unemployed/underemployed graduates? At least, we thought that education (i.e. schooling) was supposed to be an escape route from poverty. From the stories we were told, graduates had no trouble in securing employments, just a few decades ago.


What has changed?


Well, a whole lot has.


This is for your information. Just between now and the'supposed good old days' (about 20 - 30 years ago), there has been a major surge in the global population growth rate. Also, there have been economic recessions of varying magnitudes.


As a result, many countries that failed to rise up effectively to the challenge are experiencing difficulties providing adequate jobs for their populace.


What should you do?


As a Student or Recent Graduate:


The quality of education at your school might have reduced over the years. As if that's not enough, the reality of low graduate unemployment can be more discouraging.


We've got some advice for you. Please understand that education is more about learning than schooling. Regardless of your schooling experiences, you must determine to take responsibility for your learning in order to secure your future.


We understand you might have challenges while trying your possible best to learn under difficult economic conditions, and we are here to help relieve your burden.


We don't want you to go through the burdens of higher education challenges all by yourself. That's why we are building an active community that can make both your studying and post-study experiences quite pleasant and fulfilling.


You may click here to register and get started as a student or recent graduate seeking career advice/support.



As a Professional or Graduate Employer:


Higher Institutions across countries convocates thousands of students every year. However, a higher percentage of these graduates tend to be unemployed or underemployed for a couple of years, in developing countries.


The surprising reality is that many graduates are actually unemployable. Oftentimes, they don't have a working knowledge of the industry they intend to work in. In addition, they sometimes have knowledge gaps owing to a poor understanding of critical concepts, theories and practicals in their disciplines.


The usual approach over the years has been, graduates' training for workplace effectiveness.

We think this approach is not effective enough, as it prevents students from acquiring critical workplace skills until the eleventh hour.


We created this platform to give Employers and other Professionals a way to relate directly with students, with the opportunity to guide and offer advice based on their workplace insights and professional experiences over the years.



An End in View:


We believe that the Synergy of Shared Ideas can be transformational. We created this platform to foster diverse ground-breaking academia-industry synergies to transform higher education studies across the world, beginning first with developing countries.


It will be a win-win for all. As the quality of educational experiences is being improved, students needs are also being met, and industries will not have to worry about the increasing number of unemployable graduates any longer.


You may click here to register and get started as an Employer.


For enquiries, please send us an email on: educative@educativeguides.com


Many thanks and regards.

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