The Real Skills Gap: How Prepared Are We for Today’s Workforce?

Do you have the digital and technical skills employers are looking for?

As shown in this compelling infographic, Internships.com and General Assembly have new data for those graduates entering the workforce; specifically, the skills employers demand as they hand-pick the best of available new talent.

After reviewing the data, the question must be asked:

Should colleges & universities be doing more to prepare their students for today’s workforce?

  • When it comes to digital and technical skills, only 44% of students feel well prepared or very prepared
  • 31% of students said their schools don’t encourage the development of digital or technical skills
  • 52% said more practical skills development should be required

However, through self-learning, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As Internships.com says:

“There is reason for optimism and through more exposure to relevant digital and technical skills via online and offline courses, both through formal and informal environments, students can take steps to bridge the skills gap on their own. 79% of employers consider nontraditional credentials when evaluating candidates for entry-level positions; indeed, 40.5% would consider digital badges, certificates from open courseware, or certifications in relevant skills in place of a bachelor’s degree.”

For more on the digital and technical skills gap, take a look at the infographic below, and see more insight from Internships.com and General Assembly here.

 

Digital Skills Gap

 

 

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