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Why Do So Many College Students Lack Job Skills Before Graduation?

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Companies and employers today are complaining that freshly minted college graduates are not ready for the reality world of professional work. There is much evidence that what students learn is not adequate enough for the global job market. And most students are ill-prepared to face the realities of the work environments because they were not taught anything about this in school, or rather, they were not given opportunities to seek job experiences while in college.

Naturally, job skills and experience gained during the college year also depended on the course and major. Students taking up nursing, education, and engineering all had internship programs lined up starting as early as the junior year. However, all other courses, most especially the business courses, don’t have internships even during the senior year. In fact, many employers complain that hard and soft skills learned in college don’t match well with the realities of what employers really needed in the work environment. Areas where college graduates usually fail when hired for work are:

  • Working with older team members.
  • Ethical judgments and decision making.
  • Organizing and evaluating information.
  • Oral and written communication.
  • Critical analysis.
  • Innovation and creativeness.
  • Awareness and experience of diverse cultures.
  • Working with other people with different backgrounds.

In short, a diploma and transcript is no guarantee that you can land a good job. People often wonder why many cum laude graduates cannot land a job, and the simple answer is that while many top graduates did well in school on sheer memory and studying, applying for a job entails experience, something that even many cum laude grads simply don’t have.

Employers shared that graduates who, during college, dedicated time and effort to off-campus part-time jobs, internships, or leadership positions in off-campus organizations were the most likely to possess skills needed for the workforce. It’s not actually that hard to take a course so long as you work hard. But working hard is one thing and working to learn how to learn is another matter. For instance, college time is already preset due to class schedules. All a student needs to do is to budget the time away from those classes. However, the work environment isn’t preset in any way, and this is where many fresh graduates begin to take a tumble.

The best preparation for today’s job market is a balanced mix of classroom learning that can be applied in real-world situations and practical experience of what is learned in order to learn more. Those without internships need to map out their own internship programs. They can take part-time jobs during summer and other vacation breaks that are in line with their courses. Employers need practical problem solvers and who can think on their feet, something you can’t often teach in the classrooms.

Perhaps we learn lessons from one of the world’s most sought after employers. Google these days is now increasingly hiring more people without college degrees because credentials aren’t a guarantee that someone is job ready. On the other hand, high school graduates directly get their practical experience from jobs after they graduate.

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