Students and employers see differently when it comes to career preparedness

October 30, 2013

A gap exists between how qualified students think they are for a career and how confident employers are about finding skilled graduates, reveals a new study by Chegg textbook rental company, which also runs a service connecting graduating high school students with colleges and scholarships. Half of PSE students said they felt “very” or “completely” prepared for a job in their field of study. However, even fewer employers – 39% of those surveyed – said the recent graduates they interviewed in the past 2 years were prepared for a job. Even wider gaps emerge when the survey focuses on several different skills, including “creating a budget or financial goal,” “writing to communicate ideas or explain information clearly” (each show a 22% gap), and “organization” (25% gap). Chegg hopes the findings will be educational for students. “We’re going to go directly to students and help them understand what this gap is,” said Chegg President Dan Rosensweig. The company surveyed about 2,000 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in 2- and 4-year institutions, and 1,000 hiring managers. Inside Higher Ed