Infographic: Closing the Skills Gap


Aug   2014



According to a recent survey conducted by, 93% of students and recent graduates think universities should offer more career-oriented curriculum, and 79% of employers consider nontraditional credentials (such as certifications, open courseware, and digital badges) when evaluating candidates.

The survey also found that a quarter of employers say recent grads are unprepared for entry-level positions, with more than a third reporting that they find it difficult or very difficult to find qualified candidates. In particular, employers are looking for job applicants with the digital and technical skills needed to function in a modern workplace.

What does that all mean? It means your education will be all the more valuable if you make sure you're getting the practical, hands-on, real-world experience that employers are looking for.

To help you put it into perspective, check out this helpful infographic that breaks down some of the survey's key findings, and be sure to explore all the great career advice CollegeXpress has to offer.

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