Employers Value Skills over Certifications
A report on the survey, released this week, outlines the opinions of 318 executives from non-profit and private organizations. 90 percent of the executives said they prefer hiring skilled post-secondary graduates who are able to contribute to the innovation and growth of the company.
The report, titled “It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success,” states that while 67 percent of executives agree that many post-secondary graduates are prepared for entry-level positions, only 44 percent thought these graduates have the skills required to move to higher levels within the organization.
AAC&U explains that employers value a blended model of learning that includes a variety of applied techniques. Many employers said they would prefer that higher education institutions incorporate this blended learning model — integrating community engagement, problem solving, internships and research methods — into their curricula. The report indicates that surveyed employers value candidates who have practiced applied skills over those who have only gained the theory.
“Notable proportions of business and non-profit leaders say they are already partnering with two-year and four-year colleges to advance the success of college students after graduation,” the report reads. “Those who are not express interest in doing so to provide more hands-on learning opportunities and to help college students successfully make the transition from college into the workplace.”