Research + News | Topic: Employment

Parents Still Urging Teens To Choose Traditional Subjects Even Though Newer Degrees Are More Likely To Lead To A Job

Parents across the UK continue to encourage their children to pick traditional degree subjects, according to new research by the University of Derby.

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Just 40% of College Graduates Think College Got Them Ready for a Career

In an online survey of 1,360 US college students in March and April of 2016, the education company McGraw-Hill and the analytics firm Hanover Research found that only four out of every 10 seniors graduating in the class of 2016 feel their college experience has helped them get ready for a career, and that figure is slightly lower for students across all years.

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When Millennials Go to Work

It’s graduation season, and that means millions of young Americans (Millennials) are being awarded degrees from colleges and universities across the nation, and are now heading into the workforce—many for the first time ever. But what are the unique expectations of this generation when it comes to work?

Read the research article from Barna here.

Unhealthy Teens Face College and Job Obstacles

Being in poor health as a teenager can have a long-term influence on someone’s educational and job opportunities in adulthood, a new review suggests.

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Must-Have Job Skills You Need to Start Building in College

Recruiters and employers say “soft skills” — nontechnical, interpersonal skills you can’t always learn in a classroom — are what will make you stand out at work.

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What’s the Purpose of College: A Job or an Education?

Higher education has come under attack for its failure to make students job-ready after graduation. Read the article here.

College Students Think They’re Ready for the Work Force, Employers Aren’t So Sure

A report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities highlights the discrepancy between students’ and employers’ views. Read the article here.

U.S. Colleges and Majors That Are the Biggest Waste of Money?

WasteMoneyAn article in The Atlantic reports on research from PayScale seeking to determine the least valuable colleges and majors in the U.S. From the report:

“Here are the eleven schools in PayScale’s data with a 20-year net return worse than negative-$30,000. In other words: these are the schools where PayScale determined that not going to college is at least $30,000 more valuable than taking the time to pay for and graduate from one of these schools…”


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Liberal Arts Majors and Employment

AACUThe Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released a report “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment” that investigates the earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors.

From the press release:

“Responding to concerns about whether college is still worth it and whether liberal arts majors (humanities, arts, and social sciences) provide a solid foundation for long-term employment and career success, the report compares earnings trajectories and career pathways for liberal arts majors with the earnings trajectories and career pathways for those majoring in science and mathematics, engineering, and professional or preprofessional fields like business or education…

The report argues that ‘whatever undergraduate major they may choose, students who pursue their major within the context of a broad liberal education substantially increase their likelihood of achieving long-term professional success.'”

Read the full press release here.

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The Real Reason College Grads Can’t Get Hired?

rear-view-of-students-wearing-graduation-capsTime Magazine reports on research suggesting that the main reason new college grads aren’t being hired is for lack of “soft skills.” From the article:

“It’s because college kids today can’t do math, one line of reasoning goes. Or they don’t know science. Or they’re clueless about technology, aside from their myriad social-media profiles. These are all good theories, but the problem with the unemployability of these young adults goes way beyond a lack of STEM skills. As it turns out, they can’t even show up on time in a button-down shirt and organize a team project.

The technical term for navigating a workplace effectively might be soft skills, but employers are facing some hard facts: the entry-level candidates who are on tap to join the ranks of full-time work are clueless about the fundamentals of office life.”

Read the full report here.