Employers Claim College Graduates Aren’t Prepared for Career Advancement

Only about 60% of hiring managers believe college graduates are prepared to succeed in entry-level positions, and only ¼ of these hiring managers believe graduates have the skill-set to advance or be promoted.

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, this new survey of employers by the Association of American Colleges & Universities may be hard to hear, but shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Of course new grads require some employer-specific skills before advancing at that organization, and that requires some internal training investment by that employer. But it does create some pause as to whether or not higher ed is effectively preparing students for their life after college.

The takeaway? How do we make sure we’re graduating students with the right mix of hard and soft skills, who at the very least can be effective employees right out of the gate, but also be seen as someone whom the organization wants to invest in their career growth?

Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.