A recent discussion I had reminded me of an event in the past. I have always wondered if I should have said something to the students.
I was looking to hire an entry level IT tech and turned to the local for-profit IT college. They sent me a number of candidates that had recently graduated, or were about to.
I interviewed many candidates from the school and I was shocked at how unqualified they were. I am well aware of what these candidates absolutely should know, as in the past I taught A+ certification. These students couldn't answer the most basic of IT questions.
I really wanted to tell the candidates after their train-wreck of interviews that they are in no way qualified for an entry level IT position and I couldn't comprehend how they could have graduated from college. However, I kept my opinions to myself and thanked them for coming and informing them we were looking for someone more qualified.
I spoke to the employment representative at the school who finds students jobs and informed her of what I had seen. She truly and genuinely seemed outraged that the school would allow students to advance and graduate who were so poorly educated. However, I never heard from her again.
While I am under no obligation to say anything, is there an ethical or moral obligation to inform the students that their school failed them at best, or at worst ripped them off? The fact it still bugs me makes me think I should have said something.