Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Angie8 is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    28

    matriculate into the workforce

    What does the word "matriculate" actually mean in the sentence below? Does it mean "to become a student" as the dictionary says? But it doesn't make sense to me if I read it like this "to become a student in the workforce." I was guessing it might mean "admit into the workforce"?

    "Higher Education is selling an illusion: that a child of the well-to-do need not matriculate into the workforce—that mastery of a fungible skill is not necessary."


    Thanks for help in advance.

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,330

    Re: matriculate into the workforce

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie8 View Post
    What does the word "matriculate" actually mean in the sentence below? Does it mean "to become a student" as the dictionary says? But it doesn't make sense to me if I read it like this "to become a student in the workforce." I was guessing it might mean "admit into the workforce"?

    "Higher Education is selling an illusion: that a child of the well-to-do need not matriculate into the workforce—that mastery of a fungible skill is not necessary."


    Thanks for help in advance.
    It hasn't been used very well. I think the writer was trying to say that the children of rich parents don't need to gain qualifications in order to get a job. It's not necessary for them to finish school or university because they will probably get a job thanks to contacts of their parents or their parents' friends. In BrE, we have a phrase for it - "Jobs for the boys". It suggests that some organisations give jobs to people because of who they are, rather than based on their specific skills.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. #3
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,828

    Re: matriculate into the workforce

    ps. If you didn't know what the word fungible meant, you were not alone. I had no idea.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •