Why College Grads Aren’t Ready for the Real World

Why College Grads Aren’t Ready for the Real World

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65% of surveyed employers said they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 57% last year.

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One-third will offer higher pay to these hires than they did last year, and one in four will pay $50,000 or more.

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21% do not feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles within their organizations.

How Colleges Fall Short: Real NeedHow Colleges Fall Short: Real Need

46% said there’s too much emphasis on book learning instead of real-world learning.

How Colleges Fall Short: Proper BalanceHow Colleges Fall Short: Proper Balance

38% said they need more candidates with the right blend of tech and soft skills.

How Colleges Fall Short: Learning CurveHow Colleges Fall Short: Learning Curve

22% said they’d like for colleges to better prepare students for the growing complexities of today’s entry-level roles.

How Colleges Fall Short: On-the-Job TrainingHow Colleges Fall Short: On-the-Job Training

15% said there isn’t enough focus on internships.

How Colleges Fall Short: Change ManagementHow Colleges Fall Short: Change Management

14% said tech is changing too quickly for academic institutions to keep up.

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Interpersonal/people skills: 52%, Problem-solving: 46%, Oral communications: 41%, Leadership: 40%, Written communications: 38%

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Teamwork: 37%, Creative thinking: 36%, Project management: 26%, Research and analysis: 16%, Math: 15%

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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