By Margaret Andrews. Quick: What percentage of employers believes that the graduates of post-secondary education they hired in the past year have been adequately prepared for the job market?  42%.
And what percentage of young people believe that they were adequately prepared for an entry-level position in their chosen field of study?  45%.
And now, what percentage of postsecondary education providers believe that graduates from their institution are adequately prepared for entry-level positions in their chosen field of study?  72%.
Education to Employment
, a new report by McKinsey from which these data are taken, is a great read, whether the full report or the executive summary.  The findings are based on surveys across nine countries (Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States) with 4,656 young people (aged 15 to 29) employed or nearing graduation, 2,832 employers, and 908 postsecondary education providers. According to the report, the disconnect between what employers, students and education providers believe about work-readiness stems, in large part, from a lack of engagement across the three groups. Read more...