College Grads Can’t Get Hired, Here’s Seven Real Reasons Why

Recent grads who are on tap to join the ranks of full-time work are clueless about the fundamentals and most are not ready for office life. A college degree does not guarantee success in life. “More than six in ten business leaders (62% of business decision-makers and 66% of corporate recruiters) say that newly hired recent college graduates harm the productivity of their organization’s day-to-day business function because they are not well prepared,” according to The PreparedU Project, a survey done by Bentley University in 2014.


1. Recent grads lack soft skills.

A person’s emotional intelligence quotient or E.Q. is associated with their soft skills.  A person’s E.Q. is a cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. An employer survey by staffing company Adecco states “44% of respondents cited soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration, as the area with the biggest gap.”


 2. Millennials are difficult to manage.

Most millennials expect companies to conform to their work style; in the work place, it should be the other way around. “The majority of both millennials and non-millennials agree that millennials will need to change to conform to the workplace,” according to the PreparedU Project.


3. Recent college grads struggle to find a good work routine.

Employers don’t have time for micromanaging an employee’s every move. Employers need workers that will get the job done well the first time. “The average Intel employee dumps one day a week trying to find people with the experience, ability, and the relevant information to do their job. We have calculated some of the $$ impact due to lost productivity and opportunity. Let me just say that it is motivating us to take action,” said Laurie Buczek, the enterprise social media manager at Intel.


4. Recent college grads don’t utilize or are unaware of the opportunities provided by their college or university.

Career service departments are underused at universities . They offer a plethora of opportunities that undergrads don’t utilize. The services offer networking opportunities that tie the undergrad community to their alumnus; they also offer advice for career advancements after college. It was found in a 2014 student survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers that 96.8% of students surveyed rely on employer websites, 88.3% rely on friends, and 84.6% rely on parents and/or relatives to get employer information.


5. Some recent grads don’t realize how socially engaged corporations really are.

Social computing evangelist at IBM, Luis Suarez said, “The future of work is social. I haven’t got a doubt about it.” According to a social economy executive summary conducted by the Mckinsey Global Institute in 2012 there are around 1.5 billion social networking users globally and 70% of companies use social technologies – that provides for a lot of opportunities recent grads may have missed out on because they were unaware or distracted.


6. Career Service websites are archaic or too confusing to navigate.

Some career service department websites are out of date and not easy to use on a mobile dashboard.  Most millennials are using  social platforms and mobile devices to complete most tasks. A recent article in the New York Times written by Natasha Singer proved that when a career service department gets socially engaged it can help students land internships, find mentors, and get jobs at companies where alumni work. Armin Afsahi, who oversees alumni relations as University of California, San Diego’s Associate Vice-Chancellor for Advancement recalled, “Back then, we had records on 125,000 alumni, but we had good employment information on less than 10,000 of them … Within three months of setting up the university page, LinkedIn connections surfaced information on 92,000 alumni.” A push for data-driven career services is necessary.


7. There are a scarce amount of platforms for undergrads and corporations to communicate.

Anu Elmer, Vice President of Communications at Swiss RE, a leading global re insurer, said,

“When we thought ahead to the next generation of employees and their social media usage outside the company, we knew that at some point not having a collaboration platform based on Social Business Software would be similar to being among the last companies to have email.”

If corporations can get involved with undergrads at an earlier stage in their collegiate career by implementing a platform like University Beyond, they can get a better idea of who they are hiring and students can get a better idea of the company they want to work for before they graduate. It benefits both ends of the spectrum.

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