Thursday, November 02, 2006

Younger Employees Lack Basic Skills

I just found an interesting article over at (a publication focused on the various issues facing the small business and entrepreneurial communities).

Time and time again, I encounter similar complaints from the business community about recent high school and college grads. We (that is, academics) are placing perhaps too much emphasis on exclusive professionalization--at a time when the workplace requires more generalization and interdisciplinarity.

As I've said before, the business community needs students who can work collaboratively and creatively--with superior communications skills (written, and verbal).

A new survey of employers finds that recent high school and college graduates fall short in a number of areas...

An overwhelming majority cited problems new hires had handling such routine tasks as writing memos, letters, and other reports, the survey found...

In September, just over half of the nation's small businesses hired or tried to hire at least one new employee, based on a monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, a Washington-based lobby group.

Of those with positions to fill, more than 80 percent of small-business owners reported finding few or no qualified applications, with as many as 12 percent citing a lack of qualified employees as their biggest business problem -- the highest number in five years, the group said...

You can read the full article here.

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