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Employers endorse communication, teamwork skills as best career prep
A troubling disconnect exists between how prepared college students feel for post-graduation career success and how far from the mark employers say they actually are.
The report Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success, released by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and conducted by Hart Research Associates, summarizes selected findings from two national surveys—one of 400 employers and another of 613 current college students.
Consistent with past AAC&U surveys, employers are concerned about new graduates having a broad range of skills in areas that cut across majors. Students largely agree with employers on what learning outcomes are essential for career success, but they judge themselves to be far better prepared for the work world than do employers.
Key findings of the report include:
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