A new report found that just 40% of all college students feel they are “very prepared” to enter the workforce. At the same time, the survey, conducted in March and April by McGraw-Hill Education, added that overall satisfaction with the college experience rose from 65% in 2014 to 79% in 2016.
However, more students would like to see their schools provide:
- More internships and professional experiences (67% in 2016, up from 59% in 2014).
- More time to focus on career preparation (59% in 2016, up from 47% in 2014).
- Better access to career-preparation tools (47% in 2016, up from 38% in 2014)
- More alumni networking opportunities (34% in 2016, up from 22% in 2014).
More than 70% of the students reported that planning for a rewarding career while in college was “extremely important,” while nearly 80% cited interpersonal skills as the most important attribute in landing a job. Students also value technology, with 85% saying that using tools in classes made them better job candidates.