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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Who wants to work?

A college diploma doesn't signify academic training or job readiness any more, writes Mitch Daniels, former president of Purdue and governor of Indiana in a Washington Post op-ed. He puts most of the blame on young people who don't want to work very hard.

Employers are looking for once taken-for-granted qualities such as "punctuality, the reliability to show up each scheduled workday, any sense of the responsibility to perform productively and honestly," he writes.

The Millennial Job Interview video is a little too close to reality, he writes.

In a recent survey, nearly 40 percent of college-educated young professionals said their college did not "prepare them for the emotional or behavioral impact of the transition to the workplace.”

"Surveys of those entering college almost invariably report that the No. 1 reason given for enrolling is to increase their earning potential" and prepare for success in the world of work, Daniels writes. "The coddling culture that has grown up at too many schools" isn't helping them achieve their goals.

Fewer teenagers are taking part-time jobs these days, so they have less opportunity to learn how to get along with a difficult boss, co-workers and customers. Teens should be encouraged to work with adults in the real world before they enroll in college, writes Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

Here's another video:

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