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05/28/13
Undergraduate Realities. Important steps before graduation.
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Post-docs, Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 6:05 pm

I believe it was on the McKinsey Insights and Publications
site where the top three things recent graduates say
about working.  Briefly, they are:
(1) they feel they are over-qualified for the work they
interview for and eventually accept.  Many of the
roles and responsibilities are done by non-college
graduates and do not need what colleges offer and
teach.
(2) they feel they are unprepared for the discipline,
pleasant customer interactions expectations, and
the need to follow someone else’s orders to do things.
(3) many feel as a result they would choose to major
in something else
or attend a different institution.

These same people for the most part do not use
the career services function
of the school (>60%)
and do not use alumni networks of the school or
department (>70%). 

There are five areas the recent hires’ employers
assess their new graduating hires–
 - working in a team             ~60% effective
 - oral communication
       spoken                            ~50% effective
       listening                          lower
 - training in discipline         ~50% effective
 - written communication     ~45% effective
 - problem solving skills       ~45% effective
       often taking short-cuts

What it calls attention to for undergraduates is to:
1.  seek and accept coop jobs, internships and externships.
Get broad exposures in different kinds of positions.
2.  understand that automation is happening in every
field for good business reasons.  Learn about working
with computers
.  Learn about their strengths and weaknesses.
3.  seek a wide range of people who are mentors, teachers
consultants
and listen to their stories.  Learn from them
and ask them to be mentors and part of your network,
whether in or not in linkedin.com.
4.  despite computers, decision-making and judgment
is a human capacity
.  Learn how people acquire these
skills.
5.  learn about career services and school networks.
Attend and participate in events to learn soft skills.

2 Responses to “Undergraduate Realities. Important steps before graduation.”

  1. site admin Says:


    Race with Machines, not against them, for future
    productivity and employment growth…
    http://www.ted.com/talks/erik_brynjolfsson_the_key_to_growth_race_em_with_em_the_machines.html TED Talk
  2. site admin Says:


    Point-counterpoint about computers-robotics-growth and
    employment Robert Gordon TED
    http://blog.ted.com/2013/02/26/debate-erik-brynjolfsson-and-robert-j-gordon-at-ted2013/

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