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Half of Taiwan employees rue not picking right college major: poll

2013/07/26 22:59:04

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Nearly half of Taiwan's office workers said they regretted their failure to choose the right major while applying for university admissions, mainly because their choice of subject made it difficult for them to land a good job, a recent poll showed.

It is not worth studying under almost two-thirds of the departments at Taiwan's universities, said Stanley Yen, the chairman of Yilan-based Anthroposophy Education Foundation. In the era of Internet learning, universities should develop programs that are unique, Yen added.

The survey, conducted by manpower agency 1111 Job Bank, showed that 49.1 percent of the polled office workers regretted their choice of university department, with 24.86 percent thereof beginning to rue their decision while still studying at the university, while 24.31 percent began to regret after graduation.

In the multiple-choice survey, 56.9 percent of Taiwan's office workers regretted their choice of major because of the poor job prospects those subjects offered, while 40.45 percent said the classes were bad, and 39.33 percent found that they were not interested in the courses offered by their departments.

Daniel Lee, a public relations director at 1111 Job Bank, said that due to the imbalance of supply and demand in the job market in recent years, many young people faced unemployment shortly after graduation. Therefore, he added, the university should help them in making their career plans and seeking jobs prior to graduation.

It is also important for senior high school graduates, who are in the process of deciding their majors, to have access to comprehensive information about their options so they can make a wise choice as to which department they would like to join, he added.

The survey was conducted between July 8 and July 22, with 1,086 valid samples collected.

The survey results had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

(By Wu Chin-chun and Y.L. Kao)