Students Think They’re Ready For The Corporate World; Employers Disagree

Four years and about $25,550 in debt later, you’d think fresh graduates would be ready to join the corporate world. Students certainly think they are, but the companies hiring them disagree.

Many graduates don’t realize how ill-prepared they are for the corporate world, according to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The biggest gap between the two group’s observations centered on work ethic and communication skills, where 89.4% and 79.4% of students rated themselves proficient respectively, but only about 40% of employers agreed in both cases. Employers weren’t totally unfair and biased in their ratings though, their ratings matched with the student’s proficiency rating on digital technology and teamwork.

The problem is students and employers have different ideas of career-readiness for a specific skillset. Fresh graduates may feel confident in their communication skills because they connect well with fellow students and professors. Texting and chatting with lots of emojis may have worked on campus, but workplace communications are different. Their essay writing skills might’ve gotten them an A+ but it’s not a guarantee they’ll be as effective when it comes to writing work emails and reports.

Click here to read Michelle Riklan’s complete article published on the Forbes website.

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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