Are College Graduates Unprepared for the Workforce?

The intended purpose of college is not to see how many bottles you can down without puking, how much sleep you can live without, or even to find yourself. No, at the basis of the matter, college is intended for workforce preparation. A career. Something safe and that will give you a steady salary as you grow through out life. Unfortunately, a new study has shown that employers do not believe that college graduates are ready for the real thing. Whether it’s true or not, that’s bad news for every college student with hopes to get their foot in the door through their degree.

If the workforce is evolving - are recent college grads unprepared? (photo by Dell's Official Flickr Page)

If the workforce is evolving – are recent college grads unprepared? (photo by Dell’s Official Flickr Page)

The study, reported from Inside Higher Ed, revealed that at the end of the day, only thirty-nine percent of employers believed that college graduates were prepared for the jobs in their respective fields. This brings the next question to mind: Why are we paying tuition? Why are we wasting our time with school if majority of employers don’t even believe we have what it takes after all of these sleepless nights and time spent doing work?

What’s most odd about the whole spectacle is that students are viewing themselves as prepared – with ranges as big as a twenty-seven point gap in difference between how the hiring managers are viewing them.

It’s not as if our grades matter to these college grads; less than half of employers care about the GPAs written on our freshly printed resumes.

College Candy writer, Kristin Corry, says this, which is a lovely reminder:

“Yet, while Inside Higher Ed is saying that we as college students are overly self-assured, I think that also plays a role in being able to snag a job offer. Skills can always be learned. Who wants an insecure worker representing their company.

… I didn’t think so.”

Another misconception is that, as quoted by Gawker,

“…And the final blow to the Ivy League Achievement Mafia: “Students put more importance on the name of the institution listed on their diploma, versus an employer’s view of the importance of school prestige. A full 45% of students, from schools across the nation, believe a degree from a prestigious school is very or extremely important to make them more attractive to employers. By contrast, only 28% of hiring managers found this important.”

So at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you graduated from. It simply matters that a student has acquired a degree. But apparently, even that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you have a degree in business or a degree in something that won’t give you much back, like communications.

How odd that students who have been prepared by institutions are finding it harder to get jobs than people who have actual work experience; ie. people working dead-end jobs. How awful.

I can only hope that at the end of my days in college, I’ll be able to get a job at least a couple months outside of having my degree.

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