Report: Half of American College Grads Lacking Hirable Skills

AMERICA – A survey released by PayScale found that nearly 90% of all recent college grads consider themselves well prepared for their jobs. Unfortunately, 60% of companies said new grads lack critical thinking skills, 56% lack attention to detail and 39% were critical of their public speaking ability.

“We hear all the time about the ‘skills gap,’ the gap between the skills needed to succeed in the professional world and the skills with which young professionals leave college,” said Katie Bardaro, vice president of data analytics at PayScale, in a news release.”

The data from the report was collected over the past two years by PayScale from about 76,000 participants. It echoes a 2015 report by ETS that found declining literacy and math skills among U.S. workers.

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