At all levels of education, students should have a far better understanding of the skills and basic competencies needed by employers as well as the career tracks with the potential for long-term gainful employment.
Graduates often come into the workplace with either a lack of understanding or false impressions of the competencies and skills needed to become successful in a career. At the same time, students and jobseekers receive information from a variety of sources—teachers, guidance counselors, parents, friends, and relatives—but they rarely hear directly from the people in the best position to advise them—employers who hire. Much more needs to be done to ensure that students have the desire to learn what these skills and competencies are, that they are in a position to obtain those skills and competencies from learning institutions, and that employers are giving students the information they need.
Today, too many college graduates are discovering that simply spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars getting an undergraduate or graduate degree is no guarantee that there will be a job available upon graduation. More needs to be done to ensure that students interested in having a job in the private sector following graduation know what careers are in demand, what skills are required for those careers, where those skills can be obtained, and how best to acquire them.