Strada and Gallup share findings from their Strada-Gallup Employer Survey of a representative national sample of 1,139 adult employees involved in hiring decisions who participated in an online survey.
Managers and those involved in hiring decisions at employers of all sizes struggle to identify and recruit highly qualified job candidates. The majority of respondents are less than confident in their own organization’s ability to spot and recruit the best talent for the job. And those at the largest organizations are the least confident.
Employers prioritize technical and interpersonal skills as well as work experience above academic degrees, majors, college rankings, and grades in the decision-making process about hiring. Employers report that skills such as leadership, critical thinking, data analysis and work ethic are the hardest to find in potential hires – leading most managers to report leaving some jobs unfilled during the past year. Seventy-seven percent of those involved in hiring decisions would consider hiring someone without the desired degree and sixty-two percent have done so.
Two-thirds of those involved in hiring decisions regard job candidates with a post-graduate education as “Prepared” or “Very Prepared” for workplace success. The majority of respondents consider vocational and technical program graduates as prepared for workplace success. Associate and bachelor’s degree graduates lag behind in the perceptions of the preparedness with more than a majority of respondents.
Three-quarters of respondents fail to see much connection between the school someone attended and their job performance.
Internship and co-op programs are not meeting their fullest potential. Sixty-three percent of managers and those involved in hiring report their organizations do not offer an internship or co-op program. And only eleven percent of employers have internship programs and these are “Very Valuable,’ while twenty percent find them “Valuable.” A majority of employers have the opportunity to increase both the utilization and value of internship and co-op programs for their organizations and potential job candidates who participate in them.
Managers and those involved in hiring decisions at employers of all sizes struggle to identify and recruit highly qualified job candidates.
Colleges and universities should recognize the overall value to students, employers, and their own institutions of coursework that integrates work experiences, technical and interpersonal skills.
When it comes to education after high school, Americans know what they value and why. At Strada Education Network, we are listening to what they have to say and leveraging their insights about experiences and outcomes to forge more purposeful pathways between education and careers.
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As a field, higher education has experienced a continuing evolution in how to measure success. For nearly five decades success efforts were focused on access, followed by the past decade and a half pursuing completion, and the field now has a growing focus on the value of a degree and student outcomes beyond completion.
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