Recent graduates lack critical-thinking, writing, and presenting skills, according to a new survey.
PayScale and Future Workplace conducted a survey that found just 50% of managers feel their new hires are well prepared from college—yet 87% of the new graduates felt they were.
According to a previous Payscale report, about 50% of respondents say their company cannot fill open positions for lack of qualified workers, likely due to increased role of technologies that necessitate specialized skills. And in a separate survey of 1,285 recruiting agency professionals, 75% of respondents cited a "skills shortage."
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Overall, the new survey found:
- 44% of managers named writing proficiency as the hard skill graduates lack most; and
- 60% of managers said critical thinking and problem solving is the soft skill graduates lack most.
Among hard skills, the other elements managers identified were:
- Public speaking, with 39%;
- Data analysis, with 36%;
- Industry-specific software, with 34%; and
- Math, with 19%.
Among soft skills, managers identified:
- Attention to detail, with 56%;
- Communication, with 46%;
- Ownership, with 44%; and
- Leadership, with 44%.
(Starner, HRDive, 5/19; PayScale report, accessed 5/23).
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