GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A recent study found that though more employers are willing to hire new college graduates, 1 in 4 employers think schools fall short in preparing students for careers.
However, students at Greenfield Community College told 22News that college is actually the reason they’re ready for work.
Kia Burton-McLaughlin is one of thousands of college seniors that will be graduating in May. She told 22News she is confident her education will help her land a job. “I feel like I can put a resume together and get any job I want. GCC has been great with instilling in me and empowering me to feel confident with the skills that I’ve gained and the experiences that I’ve had.”
Most schools have pre-graduation checklists that include internships and service learning projects to help students narrow down their job search. There is also a focus on making sure the student is able to use the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in the real world.
The Chief Officer of Student and Academic Affairs at GCC told 22News what employers are looking for when considering recent graduates. “There’s the technical skills and there are those ‘soft skills”. They want students to have both. They need to show up to work. They need to know how to dress. They need to know how to meet people, how to professionally conduct business, and do meetings those kind of skills,” said Sheryl Hruska.
Graduating student Saba Yasin told 22News how hands on training at GCC will help her in the workplace. “I did work study here so that also gives me a lot of experience like how to handle if i want to go outside and do a job. So i have the experience and from there i can go on and explore.”
According to the study, employers think students are the least prepared for customer service, general office functions, and sales.