Does any graduate have the right to a job?

Morocco has been the scene of protests by unemployed graduates in front of the parliament. These scenes have become a common sight for more than ten years. The graduates’ demand is to get a job in the public sector as working in the private sector isn’t a guarantee of a job for life.

In the case of Morocco, although graduates get a free education at state universities, they still feel it their right to be secured a job. The problem is that many of them have degrees that don’t fit the market. Many of them are offered to work in the education sector.

In the case of poor graduates, they have the right to get a job as they spent their years of study in material hardship for a better future only to be confronted with joblessness.

However, graduates should be realistic when training or taking a course for a degree. They should bear in mind that there could be a fifty-fifty chance that they can get the job they desire and for which they have invested so much money, effort and time.

They should take into consideration that the market can look different between the moment they set foot in a college and the time they graduate. Their degrees can be worthless in view of the economic crisis that can affect their country.

In general, the current economic downturn worldwide has so much to do with the unemployment of graduates. Who knows, when the economy improve there will be demand for their skills.


  1. August 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    The whole argument of unemployment has always bothered me, as the number is skewed by the fact that people are unwilling to settle. The U.S. has a low unemployment rate not because of the economy necessarily, but because people frequently take jobs which are “below” them until they can work their way up. So many Moroccan students of mine seemed unwilling to take a job that might be demeaning, content to settle with NO job instead of a private sector job that might pay little. It’s frustrating to watch them complain when there are in fact jobs.

  2. August 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for your comment Jillian.

    I think one of the reasons why Moroccan graduates refuse jobs they consider below them is they are afraid of how society, especially their surrounding, views them. Beside the pay is dismal. A graduate can’t take a job just to earn 40 dirhams a day when it is barely enough to get enough food.

    There are young people who work in the construction industry for around 80 dirhams a day. They make this sum enough by living in hard conditions. For example, up to 4 people rent a small room, they use just as a place to sleep.

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