College VP: An experience gap is keeping graduates from getting good jobs
The Washington Post - 03/31/2015
‘While the unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree has dropped to 2.8 percent, 44 percent of college graduates still claim to be underemployed.
The jobs are there; so is the perception of a “skills gap.”
Whether the skills gap is wildly overblown or all too painfully real, perception is reality. In any event, there is an experience gap — one colleges should be responsible for helping bridge.
The higher education system transfers knowledge, and relies on students to take that knowledge and apply it to their desired field. Why should students be expected to bear the burden, however, if schools aren’t offering the opportunities necessary for them to apply what they learn outside the classroom?