New Survey: College Graduates Need Real-life Work Experience Before Graduation

A new national survey has found that employers con­sider mean­ingful pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence a must for recent col­lege graduates.  In the survey, com­mis­sioned by The Chron­icle of Higher Edu­ca­tion and the Amer­ican Public Media’s Mar­ket­place and pub­lished this week, employers indi­cated that intern­ship expe­ri­ence is the single most impor­tant cre­den­tial that interests them.  Fur­ther­more, more than half of employers reported they had trouble finding recent grad­u­ates qual­i­fied enough to fill posi­tions at their com­pa­nies or organizations.  The study also reported that recent graduates lack basic skills, such as how to analyze large amounts of data or construct a cogent argument. “It’s not a matter of technical skill,” one employer reported, “but of knowing how to think.”  While fresh hires had the right technical know-how for the job, said most employers in the survey, they grumbled that colleges weren’t adequately preparing students in written and oral communication, decision-making, and analytical and research skills.

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