Employers Say Recent Grads Lack The Basic Competence To Be Hired

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A survey by the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College indicated that the number one reason why recent grads aren’t getting hired is because they lack soft skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, writing, collaboration and interpersonal skills. These are considered the fundamentals of any profession and 60 percent of employers said recent college graduates were just not cutting it. A study by Adecco echoes these results with 44 percent of employers having similar complaints. 

This is important data because it debunks the longstanding myth that the reason why millennials are having employment issues is because they lack technical skills or chose to study liberal arts instead of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Time reports, “As much as academics go on about the lack of math and science skills, bosses are more concerned with organizational and interpersonal proficiency. The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed more than 200 employers about their top 10 priorities in new hires. Overwhelmingly, they want candidates who are team players, problem solvers and can plan, organize and prioritize their work. Technical and computer-related know-how placed much further down the list.”

This is both good and bad news. The issue isn’t our ability to do our job, it’s our ability to work with others, as leaders and think creatively. These are totally solvable issues that can be overcome with experience, whereas those degrees we paid top dollar for aren’t so easy to switch up. The bad news is that it’s still unclear what accounts for this disparity? Why aren’t the people of our generation coming off as competent, innovative thinkers? Is it because we don’t speak up enough? Is it because we’re not putting in the work? What’s going on, guys? Is it that older peeps just don’t get us?

Worst of all is these jobs are out there, it’s not always the economy, “Jobs are going unfilled as a result, which hurts companies and employees. The annual global Talent Shortage Survey from ManpowerGroup finds that nearly 1 in 5 employers worldwide can’t fill positions because they can’t find people with soft skills. Specifically, companies say candidates are lacking in motivation, interpersonal skills, appearance, punctuality and flexibility.”

More good news and bad news. A survey of 2,000 college students and 1,000 employers, by Harris Interactive and Chegg, indicated that 80% of employers wanted students to have at least one formal internship, however only 8% of college students said they had any. An internship is a great way to get experience in the workplace, however we all know not everyone has the luxury of working for free.

I ask what the hell is going on here? Why aren’t recent grads prepared to work in an office place?

[Time / Image Via. Shutter Stock]

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