Students, employers have very different perspectives on graduate job readiness

January 21, 2015

US college students believe that they are well-prepared for their future careers. Employers, however, feel otherwise. A survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) asked 400 private-sector and non-profit executives, as well as 613 college students, about job readiness. Among the areas with the biggest gaps between employer and student perceptions of job readiness were locating, organizing, and evaluating information; oral communication; written communication; critical/analytical thinking; analyzing/solving complex problems; and applying knowledge/skills to the real world. In each of these areas, students were substantially more confident in their preparedness than employers. A majority of employers also emphasized the importance of applied learning, with 73% saying that an applied learning project would be valuable in terms of career preparation and 60% saying that such a project should be mandatory before graduation. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed Full Report