News Sep 25th 2015

Why Modern Students Aren't Ready For Real-World Challenges

Student problems
As a student, you have an idealistic perspective of life - thinking that after graduation, you will get the perfect job and things will go smoothly. But as soon as students exit their academic bubble, reality strikes. Employers ask for abilities you never heard before, working environment is more than hostile and everybody expects you to have some real life experience.

Students only know what they have thought in college - tons of lessons and theories. As a consequence, graduates realize they are definitely not prepared for real world challenges.

Who is there to blame?

On one side, colleges are the guilty ones. Curricula does not include teaching students skills that actual matter out there, in companies. Professors focus only on passing on information, assigning countless homework and giving exams. In the end, it seems that all this work for excellent academic results remains unappreciated - no more than 2% of employers put the grade point average first when evaluating a resume. On the other side, students are not interested in expanding their knowledge beyond the university walls. A simple way of coming into contact with the working industry is to go to internships. Unfortunately, not many young persons are willing to make this effort and most of them don't have the necessary time for it.

Simple unacquired skills that can make a difference

Below, we will kick start a list of simple abilities that employers look for, but students often disregard.

Because gadgets are vital for students, these should have contributed to their preparation in an unnoticed way - with fast and even blind typing capacities. Of course, this skill can be gained only by those who use their computer for something else than gaming.

For example, managers could use assistants capable of typing as fast as to keep up with live dictation.

Further on, IT abilities are highly cherished these days. Unfortunately, students think that mastering a game is enough for the world to consider them IT geniuses. Employers look for skills like programming, maintaining servers, designing websites and so on.

Social skills are also ignored by students. For them, this expression only refers to parties and social media websites. But for managers, it has a completely different meaning - it implies the capacity of team work, integration into an already established social environment, and cooperation with colleagues. In fact, only 40% of employers believe that graduates own these abilities.

The aspect students are worst at is time management. They think time only goes by when studying and stops when they are having fun! As a result, assignments are always submitted too late. While in college this only had consequences upon the individual, at work, the whole company suffers from a person's delay. So not managing the time as to be able to finish everything efficiently is not acceptable anymore. Lack of creativity has many sources - no interest in coming up with something innovative, old fashion educational systems and no initial training. No matter the reason, students believe creativity is not essential for being a great employee and for building a successful career. On the other side, managers only care about candidates who think outside the box and are able to defeat the competition at everything - marketing strategies, product design, sales, audience, etc.

Leadership and initiative are critical for many jobs. Unfortunately, colleges teach students to obey rules and follow indications, rather than thinking for themselves and making important decisions. So graduates don't pay attention to these abilities and they get rejected because of their passive behavior.

In conclusion, students miss essential skills that would have helped them in real world. For this fact, colleges are to blame and they should take effective measures.

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