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Why Millennials Are Not getting Hired After College

Many young adults expect a decent job and a decent paycheck after they leave college. Going to a good college means they are supposed to get a good job, right? But these days they are not doing the math or perhaps they are not looking at the science. Even when they are capable of making wonderful social media profiles they are clueless about technology. Employers have shown that being a good employee goes beyond having STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) skills.

A lack of Soft Skills

Today’s college kids are not yet seeing the real picture; they have not proven themselves even in personal organization and not in organizing a team project either. Yes, soft skills such as interpersonal skills, appearance, motivation and flexibility may be fundamental in piloting your way around the workplace; still employers are facing this hard truth: that millennials are clueless on handling the fundamentals of office life.

What are employers saying on the subject? According to a survey by the Workforce Solutions Group based in St. Louis Community College, a large number of managers say that young adult applicants lack the ability to think critically and creatively. Also, 60% of employers claim that applicants do not have “communication and interpersonal skills”.

Many employers have highlighted their top 10 priorities they want in new hires: some of the requirements are being a team player, a problem solver who can plan, organize and prioritize their work. Technical skills were further down the list.

Not Willing to Intern

80% of employers want new grads they hire to have finished a formal internship, which many students don’t do. Millennials prefer to work in an unrelated job to their field of study, hanging out with friends and eating out.

Only about half of college grads are prepared for the workplace, according to a survey. And many bosses lower than 40%, think they are. If students are not interning, especially unpaid internships in their field of study, how will they show they are prepared for the workplace? Managers are not optimistic about the skills and abilities of students or these young millennials: skills such as ability to communicate, prioritize and organize, manage projects and being team players are not evident in this young adult.

How effective an internship can be is revealed in a survey conducted by Harris Interactive of more than 2,000 college students. Only 44% of those surveyed believe they are ready for the job market. 58% say they are ready for the job market when they have gone through an unpaid internship while the percentage climbed to 70% when a student completed a paid internship.

Teaching soft skills like delegating, communicating, management and adaptability takes time. It is difficult to correct bad habits inherent in millennials within a short time. The question is if employers are willing to embark on such expensive task or if millennials are willing to be more disciplined and focused as they build their careers? If millennials want to get a good head start in their careers it is better for them to start paying attention to their personalities and behavioral tendencies too.



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