workforce readiness

Fewer than half of college students are ready for the workforce

New survey shows that despite college attendance, students overall aren't feeling confident about workforce preparedness

Just 41 percent of U.S. college students say they feel either very or extremely prepared to enter the workforce, according to a new survey.

And while the number of students feeling reasonably prepared doesn’t crack the 50 percent mark, it’s still a significant increase from 2017, when just 29 percent of students said they felt very prepared, according to the fifth annual McGraw-Hill Education Future Workforce Survey.

Men seem to feel significantly more prepared for their careers than women, the study reveals–50 percent of make students say they are very or extremely prepared for their careers, compared to just 36 percent of female students. Non-traditional students also report significantly higher levels of confidence–half of these students said they felt well-prepared, compared to 34 percent of traditional students.

Employers often observe that recent graduates don’t come prepared with strong workforce skills, and surveyed students seem to echo that sentiment. Fewer than half of students say they feel they’ve gained the critical skills needed to transition to the workforce, such as complex problem solving (43 percent), resume writing (37 percent), interviewing (34 percent), or job searching (31 percent).

Laura Ascione

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