Well-rounded grads with general skills most wanted

September 18, 2013

Well-rounded grads with general skills most wanted


American business leaders and the general public both say being well rounded with a range of abilities is seen as more important for PSE graduates than having specific industry expertise, according to a survey released by Northeastern University this week. Out of those surveyed, 65% of the general population and 73% of business leaders agreed with the above statement, while only 35% of the general population and 27% of business leaders agreed that “having specific industry experience is more important than generalized abilities because applied skills are key to early success in a new position.” The survey also found, however, that Americans want PSE institutions to focus on integrating practical experience into their curricula, agreeing that students with internship and other work-related experience tend to be more successful in their careers. Inside Higher Ed Survey Results