Hiring Managers Find Recent Grads Unprepared for Work

September 12, 2013

Career Advice


A recent survey by Adecco found that 66% of hiring managers think recent college graduates are unprepared for the workforce upon graduation. If a degree isn’t enough, what are students to do? Here are a few experiences that look great on recent grad resumes:

1. Internships
We’re not just talking about a second-semester senior year internship. No one is stopping freshmen from jumping on the internship bandwagon. Start getting that experience early — and often. Think of how much experience you’ll have if you can land an internship every summer during your college experience… or even every semester. Try to land some freelance or contract-based projects if you can’t find the perfect internship.

2. Leadership Roles
Internships can be competitive and time-consuming but there’s no excuse not to join a club at your university. Choose one that’s relevant to your major and take on a leadership role within it. The leadership opportunities don’t end there. If you’re in an extracurricular activity like a sports team or a singing, dancing, or acting group, don’t be afraid to take on a leadership position within it.

3. Unique Skills
During your time spent on campus, you have the opportunity to learn non-stop all day every day. Enroll in a language course for credit or sign up for a coding class just for fun. Both can help your career prospects immensely. The opportunities are endless.

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