Gallup Poll Shows College Students Feel Unprepared for Job Market

Jan 31, 2018

Cover of 2017 Gallup-Strada poll
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A recent Gallup poll reveals that only a third of students feel confident their college education will adequately prepare them for the job market.

Laura Carey is the director of Career Services at the University of Akron. She says while mastering the fundamentals will help college grads land jobs, it’s not the only thing employers look for. Developing “soft skills” can help students stand out.


"By soft skills, I guess the most common ones would be communication skills, timekeeping skills, teamwork, problem solving - those types of skills rather than the more technical skills that they might be learning more in the classroom."

Despite the unease about joining the workforce, the Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of students have never visited their college or university’s career services department.