Surprise! College Grads Failing to Land Jobs due to Lack of Professional Skills
Today there was an article in the Wall Street Journal by Kelsey Gee that really caught our attention. The topic featured surveys with numbers showing that many college graduates are not qualified or prepared with the right professional skills for the job hunt. It’s a serious problem that not many students are aware of until it is too late. Well, your friends here at MindSumo are here to help before it’s too late.
Okay, let’s jump into the numbers from the article.
According to the latest forecast from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, there should be a 5% increase in more graduates being hired by employers. Hallelujah!
But…according to another survey by iCIMS, a recruiting software company, employers are reporting that one-third of all applicants for entry-level jobs (mostly being filled by college grads) are unqualified for the role.
So there’s more jobs out there but less people getting them? Yep, those four years of classes and thousands of dollars of student loan debt aren’t enough for many students to get those entry level jobs. Yikes!
The survey goes to say that more than 60% of employers think applicants need to be more familiar with the company and industry while asking better questions in interviews.
Meanwhile, companies are looking to hire students with skills related to business, engineering, and computer sciences but not enough students are majoring in them to fill this demand. For students that picked a major outside of these three areas, it’s tough to build these skills on your own.
Why is there such a huge gap in preparedness for students? Well, colleges aren’t really designed to teach you deep industry knowledge and seldom offer you hands-on experience working with a company to solve problems. They simply don’t have the resources and the access to companies, and it’s a big failure to on their part to serve students.
College is designed to stuff your minds with knowledge so that you recognize concepts. However, this information is useless if you don’t get opportunities to apply it and actually develop knowledge and skills. Let me repeat that. Information does not equal knowledge and skills.
Okay so why are we making a big deal about this article over here at MindSumo? Well, MindSumo was created to address this very problem that is going on for college grads. We are the best skill-building platform for college students and we offer you industry knowledge that you aren’t going to get from your classes to prep you for interviews and get hire
If you haven’t seen our MindSumo challenges before, we have worked closely with the very same companies that are hiring students (Amazon, Deloitte, Target, Caterpillar, etc.) to design special contests that will push you to develop problem-solving, communication and creative thinking skills that are all highly desirable to employers. We even have opportunities like this one from Geico, where the company is using MindSumo to screen students to be hired.
Listen the point of this article isn’t to make this into a sales pitch. You landed here because you care about your career, and you are looking for advice on how to get a job. Whether or not you decide to use MindSumo, please take the time to invest in develop professional skills that will make you hireable because just having a degree doesn’t cut it anymore!