Leveraging Education Abroad for Student Career Development & Employability

Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students and Employers

I’d welcome hearing from campus colleagues who have developed programs to close the gap! At martyjtillman@gmail.com

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

By Marty Tillman

Even though we finally have good economic news for the Class of 2015, this remains a confusing topic to write about. There is clear evidence of the financial gains for students with BA degrees versus those without the credential, and yet there is also incontrovertible research showing that employers (largely surveyed in the private sector) believe that students are graduating without the skill sets that they need to be hired (especially true in the technical fields).

A January 2015 survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, titled “Falling Short: Selected Findings from Online Surveys of Employers and College Students,“, includes data from a reported 400 executives at both private-sector and nonprofit organizations (rarely covered in such reports), and 613 students from both 2- and 4-year institutions.

Here are a few findings that I find especially significant:

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