College grads unprepared for workforce

Many college graduates aren’t prepared for the workforce, concludes a York College study. So the Pennsylvania school is trying to teach professionalism as well as liberal arts, reports NPR.

Business leaders and human resources managers told researchers what qualities they look for in new college graduates.

Those qualities include the ability to communicate and listen respectfully, motivation to finish a task and attention to appearance.

But (York Professor David) Polk says researchers did find one area where recent graduates stand out:

“There’s a sense of entitlement that we’ve picked up on. Where people think they’re entitled to become, let’s say president of the company, within the next two years. They’re entitled to five weeks of vacation.”

After hearing a talk on professionalism, senior Evan Smrek tells NPR he’s learned not to start an interview by asking how many weeks of vacation the job includes.

Half of college degrees are useless, writes Flypaper’s Mickey Muldoon, citing a New York Times’ story on a slight improvement in job prospects for new grads: “51 percent of college graduates under age 25 [are] working in jobs that require college educations, down from 59 percent in 2000.”

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