A recent TIME magazine article suggested there are good reasons why new college graduates can’t get jobs. Recent surveys find that employers “want candidates who are team players, problem solvers and can plan, organize and prioritize their work. Technical and computer-related know-how placed much further down the list.”
One survey said “44% of respondents cited soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration, as the area with the biggest gap.” Only half as many say a lack of technical skills is the pain point.
As much as some folks go on about the lack of math and science skills, bosses are more concerned with organizational and interpersonal proficiency. Specifically, companies say candidates are lacking in motivation, interpersonal skills, appearance, punctuality and flexibility.