Korn Ferry Survey: 82 Percent of Executives Say It’s Harder for Today’s College Grads to Land a Job
Overall, executives responded that a college degree helps in building a successful career. Eighty-seven percent (87%) said that their undergraduate studies prepared them for their present jobs. And, the majority (62%) agrees that an undergraduate degree is still necessary for career success.
However, perhaps reflecting shifts in the labor market, fifty-four percent (54%) also believe that a college degree is less valuable today than when they graduated.
"With an economy that is doing far more with far fewer, we are in an
unprecedented era of a workforce mismatch,” said
Overall a college degree is worth it:
Plus, sixty-two percent (62%) believe an undergraduate degree is essential to career success. When it comes to the value of an advanced degree, seventy-seven percent (77%) responded that a graduate degree is worth the investment.
Executive say job prospects are improving:
Sixty-seven percent (67%) said job prospects are better for 2014 graduates versus the graduates of 2013. When asked to compare today’s job prospects against what faced newly minted college grads three years ago, the optimism dipped slightly, with fifty-six percent (56%) seeing things better nowadays.
Survey results are below:
Do you think that the prospects for 2014 college graduates are better or worse than a year ago? Than three years ago?
|One Year Ago||Three Years Ago|
Is a college degree necessary for career success?
Is it easier or harder for a 2014 college graduate to get a job compared to the year you graduated?
Do you think your education prepared you for the job you have now?
Is a college degree today more or less valuable than it was when you graduated?
Do you think a graduate degree (doctorate, masters etc.) is worth the investment?