2015 Workforce Readiness Infographic
A new study commissioned by McGraw-Hill Education indicates that while many students feel adequately prepared for college after graduating from high school, their sense of preparedness for the next step—the workforce—dips dramatically. McGraw-Hill produced the 2015 Workforce Readiness Infographic to illustrate key findings from Hanover Research’s workforce readiness survey of nearly 1,000 college students, including:
- Cost is a critical factor in college selection. 52% of students would go to community college if the first two years were free and 70% said cost was one of the most important factors in picking a college;
- Workforce planning could be improved. Over half of students surveyed want dedicated time to focus on career preparation (58%), more classes designed to build career skills (61%), and access to more internships and professional experiences (67%); and
- Gaps exist in workforce preparedness curriculum and services. While 58% feel their time at school should adequately prepare them for the workforce, only 35% felt their college experience was effective in preparing them for having a job.