Hands-On Training Can Help College Students Get Hired

A new study has found that many business leaders are reluctant to hire recent college gradates with no work experience on their resumes. According to the survey by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Students, only 16% of employers believe that college graduates are qualified and well prepared for the workplace. Additionally, the survey also found that  54% of hiring managers are having a difficult time finding skilled and knowledgeable workers, while almost half of those asked said they prefer that college students have an education that will specifically prepare them for the workforce.

Rick Cali, associate dean of Illinois’ Benedictine’s College of Business, said that college students who have some form of hands-on training, internship, employment outreach or practical preparation have a better chance of getting hired.Participation in university clubs for leadership development and taking advantage of study abroad opportunities also are experiences that bring value to the student experience, Cali added.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with a postsecondary degree on their resumehave the potential to earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education. 


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