Only 40 percent of college seniors say their school prepared them for a career, survey says

A recent Plain Dealer article says that college students are increasingly worried about preparing for a career and only 40 percent believe they are receiving enough help in school to succeed, according to  McGraw-Hill Education’s third annual Workforce Readiness Survey.

See the report below or click here if on a mobile device.

College students are satisfied with their overall college experience (79 percent in 2016, compared to 65 percent in 2014) but an increasing percentage report that they would have preferred their schools to provide:

  • More internships and professional experiences (67 percent in 2016, compared to 59 percent in 2014).
  • More time to focus on career preparation (59 percent in 2016, compared to 47 percent in 2014).
  • Better access to career preparation tools (47 percent in 2016, compared to 38 percent in 2014).
  • More alumni networking opportunities (34 percent in 2016, compared to 22 percent in 2014).

College students are more focused on preparing for their careers:

  • 71 percent of college students now report that planning for a rewarding career while they are in college is “extremely important,” compared to 66 percent in 2014.
  • More than 61 percent report that they have pursued a major that will help them to secure a job after graduation, compared to just 48 percent in 2014.

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