Just 40% of college graduates think college got them ready for a career


http://qz.com/698761/just-40-of-college-graduates-think-college-got-them-ready-for-a-career/
Just 40% of college graduates think college got them ready for a career

Amy X. Wang

Well-known benefits of going to college include independence, community, intellectual growth, a sense of self-discovery. Not high among those, according to a new survey of US college students: getting prepared for working life.

In an online survey of 1,360 US college students in March and April of 2016, the education company McGraw-Hill and the analytics firm Hanover Research found that only four out of every 10 seniors graduating in the class of 2016 feel their college experience has helped them get ready for a career, and that figure is slightly lower for students across all years. (Granted, the latter includes brand-new freshmen, who tend to be relatively clueless about their career ambitions.) This was the organizations’ third annual survey of students’ workplace readiness, and the findings are very similar to those of last year.

Worst off, as one might suspect, are those who chose to study less practical or vocation-focused subjects—like history or English. While the level of preparedness among students majoring in business- or science-related fields is at the overall average, the same can’t be said of arts and humanities students. Under a third of those students say they feel “very prepared” or “somewhat prepared” for working life, and nearly one on five report feeling entirely unequipped:

Students, who self-reported their responses in McGraw’s study, may underestimate their preparedness because they lack confidence or a sufficient understanding of what employers want. But previous research bears out their pessimism: Only about a fifth of graduates manage to snag jobs right out of college, and many employers are dissatisfied with the skills new grads bring.

There are certainly things that colleges can do to help: partner with companies to offer more professional experiences, give students more career training, and amplify alumni networking opportunities, for example.

And it’s not that students are being overly picky about their work—with all the loan debt that many carry, they’re taking what they can get. In terms of opportunities, at least, things are looking up for this year’s graduates.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for www.3aaa.co.uk where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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