A?newly-released report from McGraw-Hill Education on career?readiness among college graduates suggests that only four of every ten college seniors feel that their time spent in college has adequately prepared them for a lifetime with a career.
The third annual Workforce Readiness Survey found that just 40% of school seniors, along with a similar percentage of other university students, feel their college experience continues to be helpful in preparing for a career. ?Regardless of the rise of feelings over the last several?years that attaining a college degree is important in career preparation, some university students, such as ladies and humanities majors, still note lower career confidence than their peers.
Report findings suggest that men were much more likely than women, 24% in comparison to 19%, to say they were “very prepared” for his or her careers, while women were more likely than men, 82% when compared with 74%, to say they were “satisfied” with their college experience. ?Arts and Humanities majors were 3 times as likely over other students to feel “by no means prepared.”
Students participating in STEM programs were most likely to hold a confident view of career prospects at 73%, with students in Arts and Humanities and Social Science majors found to be least likely at 61%.
In addition, community college students typically felt just as prepared for careers and merely as satisfied with their college experience as those students who attended four-year schools, regardless of the lower cost, lower retention, and weaker graduation rates.
\”Despite the growing cost of attending college, it continues to be a great investment for young adults to make within their futures if they graduate,\” said Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education’s group president of U.S. education.
\”It ought to be our collective goal to maximize the experience C whether in vocational schools, four-year colleges or graduate programs C so students can seem to be confident they\’ve got a successful career after finishing their advanced schooling journey. While no two students\’ career aspirations are identical, every college graduate should enter the workforce with the confidence their degree was worth the investment.\”
Survey results also found several areas in which?participants felt schools could do more to be able to help ready them for careers. ?Despite 79% of scholars reporting satisfaction using their overall college experience of 2016 compared to 65% in 2014, 67% of students said their schools could use more internships and professional experiences; 59% want to see more time spent concentrating on career preparation; 47% said better access was needed for career preparation tools; and 34% wanted additional alumni networking opportunities.
The survey also discovered that more students are preparing for life after college than there previously have been, with 71% of students considering career planning to be “extremely important” compared to 66% in 2014. ?Additionally, over 61% said they signed up for a major that might be helpful in finding a job upon graduation when compared with 48% in 2014.
Classroom technology seemed to be viewed as important, with 85% of scholars saying that the use of technology within the classroom helps them to become better job candidates, with 89% saying they will use study technologies a minimum of occasionally.