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Education Ticker: Good jobs depend on experience, not education

The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

Experience, not education, key to job stability

Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released a study that looked at the concept of "employment instability" among younger workers. What it found was that the younger the worker the more likely she is to experience instability. A quarter of employees under 23 had unstable jobs while only 20 per cent of those over 24 had similarly insecure employment. Education did not cushion workers from unstable jobs, but experience did. The more experience a worker had, the less likely he was to have a temporary job, "suggesting that it is experience, and not education, that offers the strongest negative association with higher levels of employment instability."

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Bias alleged in Oxford admittance

Oxford university is being heavily criticized after the revelation that fewer applicants from minority backgrounds are offered admittance than the number of white students with identical scores. One of the few fields of study where there was no difference was law. The data was obtained through a freedom of information request by the Guardian newspaper. The university says factors other than marks play a part in admittance decisions and that it is investigating the reasons for the findings.

Top scores for liberal arts, U of T for GMAT scores

Liberal arts colleges appear to be perfectly capable of producing MBA candidates. According to a survey by Bloomberg Businessweek, the highest scores on the GMAT came from students of Swarthmore College, a primarily humanities and social science schools. The only Canadian university on the list of the top 10 was the University of Toronto at No. 4.

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Postsecondary Education Reporter

Simona Chiose covers postsecondary education for The Globe and Mail. She was previously the paper’s Education Editor, coordinating coverage of all aspects of education, from kindergarten to college and university. She has a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. More

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