Job prospects for recent college graduates haven't been as strong within recent years as they have in the past – but things may be looking up for young professionals. This year more employers are planning on hiring candidates from this demographic, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder and CareerRookie.com. However, HR professionals and hiring managers remain concerned about the abilities of young graduates, and human resources departments may need to adopt more robust employee management systems to ensure they have the tools available to develop worker skill sets and monitor performance.
Employers' Hiring Needs Become More Complex
The CareerBuilder and CareerRookie.com survey asked 2,138 hiring managers and HR professionals about their concerns about recruiting new college graduates. Fifty-seven percent said they intend on hiring these professionals this year, while only 44 percent saying the same in 2010. However, 24 percent don't believe many of these workers have the skills needed for the real business environment because academic institutions may not prepare them adequately.
In particular, 35 percent of survey participants said they want new hires to have a blend of technical abilities and soft skills, which are often developed through a liberal arts education. This means young professionals need to have a balanced education. For example, business majors often have a mixture of analytical and interpersonal skills, and they may secure more jobs this year because of it – 39 percent of hiring managers said they will look for these types of degrees. However, technical education still remains a top focus for recruiters, with 28 percent noting they will also seek workers with computer and information sciences degrees.
Hiring recent graduates may continue to be a struggle for hiring managers, as many believe young professionals aren't receiving the degrees companies require and universities are ill-prepared to keep up with the technology the business world is adopting. In fact, 53 percent of recruiters cited their concern that academic institutions aren't preparing graduates with real-world learning, rather they are concentrating on book learning. New graduates may no longer be qualified for even entry-level jobs in the future, as 26 percent of recruiters said these positions are evolving.
According to Inc. magazine, the one thing recruiters really need to focus on when hiring new graduates is their team spirit and past experience working well in groups. These types of soft skills may provide young professionals with a strong foundation in which to build their technical abilities, making them more able to take on complex positions.