Is College Adequately Preparing Students For The Workforce?
Career College Central summary:
The job market isn’t looking promising for grads leaving college with a degree in liberal arts. In fact, a new report finds only 2% of companies are actively recruiting these graduates. What’s more, 49% of people across generations say there are “no jobs” for those with liberal arts degrees.
Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm released a new report Tuesday, “The Multi-Generational Job Search” in conjunction with Beyond.com, an online career network. The survey was conducted nationally among 2,978 respondents. Those graduating with engineering and computer information systems degrees are in higher demand, with 27% of companies looking to hire them, followed by business degree grads at 18%.
The survey finds there are 4 million open jobs in the U.S., and at least three applicants per job. But the survey points to a more disturbing trend for recent grads looking to break into the job market—employers don’t feel college is preparing students for the workforce (73%). This is eye-opening as college debt in the U.S. tops $ 1 trillion and college tuition continues to rise at a faster pace than inflation.
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