Last year we reported that 1.5 million of college graduates under 25 are jobless or under-employed. And while diving in to find out what these numbers imply, we found a couple of things– typically, Millennials feel a sense of entitlement and career centers are not being utilized to their fullest potential.
Now, fast-forward to today, and this situation is still affecting many of you. So while revisiting this topic, let’s discuss the step prior to applying to your first job and even before your first internship– choosing the right education. (And, for those of you who’ve already graduated, take heed! You never know– the opportunity to go back to school may present itself one day in your future.)
This infographic produced by Northeastern University’s online MBA program, states that 39% of employers around the world feel graduates lack the right skills needed for entry-level jobs. Furthermore, 25% of students claim their college focuses on hands-on approaches, while 72% of educational institutions believe they’re adequately preparing students.
And since colleges can often be savvy with how they present their offerings, these tips might help break down the veil to reveal what you need to know before making the decision that can impact the rest of your life:
- Find schools that focus on experimental, multimedia, workplace-relevant teaching styles
- Look for colleges that partner with local employers– that’s a good sign that your acquired skill set may directly apply to future careers
- Apply to schools with flexible options such as online classes, allow you to work while in school, applying your education directly to your current position
- Remember that you don’t have to settle for the first college that accepts you into their program
So, check out the infographic below for more interesting stats and helpful tidbits! And if you have any questions or thoughts about your college and career search, make sure to leave a comment.