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Okinawan high school graduates switch jobs often

Date Posted: 2003-01-17

A study conducted by Okinawa Labor Bureau has found that 38 percent of high school graduates in Okinawa quit their first job within a year. The national average is 26.2 percent. A spokesman for the bureau says that many young people do not know what they can expect when they take their first job. “Okinawa has only midsize and small companies that cannot offer the pay and benefits that the young people may expect,” the spokesman said.

Another problem is that few young people have any idea what the job they take actually requires of them. He says the solution to the problem is to create an internship system. “It would be very useful for young graduates to actually have worked in companies as interns so they have an idea what it takes and whether they like the job they apply for,” the official said.

The Okinawa Board of Education is currently preparing for just such a program under supervision of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The plan calls for companies to offer internships as a part of curriculum with the high schools. “Our aim is to implement the program by 2005. By then every high school graduate should have a chance to experience the social atmosphere of the workplace,” an official said.

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