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According to a survey done by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 78% of employers consider “soft skills” like communication, problem solving, and people skills to be “very important to success”¹. Only 60% of employers surveyed consider subject-matter expertise to be very important to success². However, in a separate study done by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, only 47% of surveyed employers thought that getting a bachelor’s degree was definitely worth it³. And 8% indicated they had very little confidence in higher education’s ability to prepare students pursuing a bachelor’s degree for the workforce⁴.
Test-taking was considered to be one of the least important skills in preparing for the workforce by 40% of parents, 30% of students, and 32% of employers¹. Meanwhile, written communication and emotional intelligence continue to be highly sought-after skills in the workforce, across a variety of industries.
According to work done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 56.5% of students with internships were able to receive at least one job offer as opposed to 36% who did not complete an internship. The study points out: “Those serving internships. . .enjoy a distinct advantage in the job market over those who lack such experience.”¹
On the other hand, according to McGraw-Hill Education, only 40% of college seniors feel prepared for a career when they graduate.²